Microsoft doesn’t plan on using chips from Intel’s top-of-the-line series for its low-cost Surface expected to arrive this summer.
The two-in-one will feature processors from the Pentium series, according to WinFuture. More specifically, the report says it’ll ship with Pentium Silver N5000 and Pentium Gold 4410Y/4415Y varieties to choose from. Both are from a series known powering budget-friendly hardware. Still, these are better than Atom and Celeron series-born chips.
With those chips in tow, this Surface seems like it’ll go right up against Apple’s iPad and Chromebooks in a segment where price matters most. You won’t run graphically intense games, but you’ll easily accomplish everyday personal and professional tasks.
The decision may be disappointing, but remember Microsoft wants this hybrid to be sold for around $400. It’s going to be for students and other people who don’t necessarily need a ton of horsepower to get things done.
Microsoft’s low-cost Surface wouldn’t remain affordable if it dipped into Intel’s Core series. Plus, there are also going to be cheaper accessories made specifically for this model. Once everything is purchased together in a bundle, the low-cost Surface could be around $700. That’s not too bad considering how expensive the Surface Pro gets once you start adding a keyboard and stylus.
Other rumored specifications include a 10-inch display, a USB-C port, up to 128GB of storage, optional LTE connectivity, and Windows 10 Pro.
Because it appeared in the FCC’s database recently, the low-cost Surface should be official soon. The announcement could come in early August when back-to-school shopping is underway.