Qualcomm Technologies announced on Monday 24 a partnership with Microsoft to create a kit for developers, kind of miniature PC intended for testing and optimization of applications created by independent software vendors. The main goal is to create ARM64 apps for PCs powered by Snapdragon processors.
On Qualcomm’s website, Miguel Nunes, senior director of product management, explains that “this developer kit offers an affordable alternative to other consumer and commercial devices.” Cheaper, and with a smaller desktop configuration, the tool brings greater flexibility than notebook options.
Currently, the only option for developers who want to test their ARM64 apps on Windows is to use Microsoft’s Surface Pro X tablet and laptop hybrid. The problem is the price of the device, around US$ 1,000. While Qualcomm and the Redmond giant have not yet released a price for their new kit, the promise is that it will be much more affordable.