The Intel-powered Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft is reported to have been working with Intel on a upcoming model that would slot into the Surface family of Windows tablets. The tech giant is expected to unveil the new Surface Mini at an upcoming event later this month, but CNET's sources state a new Intel-based Surface tablet may also be present. The Intel technology used would most likely be Haswell, rather than the chip maker's mobile device-focused Atom processors.

Should Redmond announce a new Intel-powered Surface model, it's not expected to be of the same small form factor, at least enabling Qualcomm to have some of the spotlight. The current Surface Pro 2 utilizes an Intel Core i5 processor, which is also a Haswell chip. That said, the Qualcomm-powered Surface Mini would also be a first, with RT tablets from Microsoft previously using Nvidia components.

We'll have to see what Microsoft pulls out of the bag at its Surface event later this month. Stay tuned as we'll be on the floor.

Source: CNET; thanks, Sarang, for the tip!