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Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities may delay the Surface Phone?

Surface Phone concept
  • On January 8, 2018

Flagship smartphones and laptops may be delayed.

Qualcomm recently confirmed that some of its processors, more specifically some of the ARM-based Snapdragon processors, are affected by Spectre and Meltdown – a chip security hole. A Qualcomm spokesman has confirmed for CNBC that the company is working hard to find on a solution:

“We are actively incorporating and deploying mitigations against the vulnerabilities for our impacted products, and we continue to work to strengthen them as possible,” a spokesperson told CNBC in an email. “We are in the process of deploying these mitigations to our customers and encourage people to update their devices when patches become available.”

Although Qualcomm doesn’t mention the affected products, the upcoming Snapdragon 845 is likely included in the list. It’s based on the ARM’s Cortex A75 core, which is confirmed to be affected by the chip vulnerabilities.

Unfortunately, Spectre and Meltdown may delay the distribution of the chipset, which in turn will affect manufacturers working on new devices with Snapdragon 845, among which is Microsoft. The flagship chip for 2018 is expected in many high-end smartphones, tablets, and Windows 10 computers based on ARM. The Surface Phone (Andromeda), Microsoft’s foldable tablet/phone, is also expected to run Snapdragon 845. Microsoft has already delayed the launch of the mythical mobile device several times, the last when Intel cancelled development of its mobile chip Sofia.

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