Microsoft is expected to reveal a new, $400 Surface tablet later this year. The company’s next Surface device — possibly codenamed Libra — was revealed earlier this year. It is expected to have a 10-inch display with rounded corners, provide up to 9.5 hours of battery life, come in 64GB and 128GB variants, and use USB Type-C, possibly for power. That’s already a lot of information — but some new information about the device appeared recently.
First off, the tablet has recently passed FCC. The FCC listing of the device doesn’t really reveal a lot about the device, apart from some minor details like the 24W power supply and the model number: 1824. Of course, FCC filings don’t usually reveal any details about a product, though it does suggest an imminent release of the device.
What’s more interesting is the recently revealed details about the tablet’s processor. WinFuture reports that the device will come with less powerful Intel processors. Microsoft isn’t making an ARM device powered by Qualcomm processors here — instead, it’s sticking with Intel for the time being, which is quite fascinating knowing that Microsoft is most certainly pushing OEM partners to build Always Connected PCs powered by Qualcomm SoCs.
According to the latest leak, the device will use Intel’s Pentium Gold and Pentium Silver processors. The cheaper models of the device will use the Gemini Lake quad-core Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processors, clocked at 1.1GHz. The more expensive variants will be powered by Kaby Lake Intel Premium Gold 4410Y processor, operating at 1.5GHz. Both the processors can be clocked up, which will be necessary on a less-powerful device like this, but it all really depends on how Microsoft markets this thing.
Remond has yet to publicly announce its new Surface tablet, though the release could be imminent, based on the FCC leaks. While the leaks do give us a good idea of what Microsoft is planning to do with the cheap new Surface, there’s likely some more to know about the device. It’s not clear whether Microsoft will brand it as the Surface 4 (upgrade to Surface 3), or launch a completely new line of tablets to take on the cheaper iPads. The latter seems more plausible–and Microsoft could be launching a completely new line–calling it the Surface Go, according to a recent leak. It also remains unknown whether it will run the full-blown version of Windows 10, or come with Windows 10 in S Mode out of the box.
<p>I certainly wish Microsoft every success with this.</p><p>I'm not sure why I would choose a $400 Windows tablet over an iPad that starts at $329, if it's a tablet I want.</p><p>Connect an expensive keyboard accessory and you have an underpowered RAM-constrained Windows laptop potentially capable of running some desktop apps quite slowly.</p><p>Others in these comments say they have found use cases for these devices, such as watching Netflix, but I'm still sure the iPad would offer a better overall netflix experience.</p><p>I guess if you have light laptop requirements and just want to consume some content in tablet mode then this new Surface device could be a good choice.</p>