Rumours of a budget Microsoft Surface tablet have been swirling around for a while now. Recently, we find out that the $400 rival to Apple’s iPad may make its affordable price point using less powerful processors.
The current Surface Pro tablets make use of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, and start at $800 (RM3246). However, to cut this price in half, Microsoft will ship the cheapest model with an Intel Pentium Silver N5000, according to WinFuture.de. Intel Pentium chips, while less powerful than Core chips, are also much cheaper. Slightly more expensive versions will equip either the Intel Pentium Gold 4410Y or the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that the new Surface device will launch this year. Microsoft will shrink the size of the display down from 12 inches to 10 inches. You can expect rounded corners, USB-C connectivity, a weight that’s 20 percent lighter, and a price of $400 (RM1623).
While Microsoft has yet to confirm anything, it is worth noting that the tablet has already been filed under the FCC. Only tested and ready-to-launch devices appear under FCC listings. In that sense, look forward to the upcoming holidays as a possible release window for this device.