Microsoft is reportedly working on new budget Surface tablet with Windows 10
Microsoft may be working on a new 10-inch Surface tablet, powered by Intel, that'll be priced at $400 and launching in the second half of this year.
Microsoft's non-pro line of Surface tablets hasn't been updated with newer models since 2014, when the Surface 3 launched with an Intel ATOM processor and Windows 8.1. According to a new report from Bloomberg, however, Microsoft may finally be planning to update its budget Surface line with a new 10-inch tablet in the second half of this year.
The report claims the new tablet will be priced around $400 to compete with the iPad, and will also feature softer corners, again similar to the design of the current iPad. What's more, these new tablets will feature USB-C connectivity instead of Micro-USB, something the Surface 3 featured instead of Microsoft's proprietary charging port.
What's interesting here is the report claims these tablets will ship with Intel processors, and not an ARM chip as so many assumed Microsoft would opt for in a new non-pro Surface device. As always, there will also be 64GB or 128GB variants, along with an LTE model for cellular connectivity too.
Of course, along with a new Surface come updated accessories, and the updated 10-inch form factor will see updates to the Surface keyboards, stylus, and mouse at this size. Like the Surface 3, the new 10-inch device won't come bundled with any accessories, with said accessories being priced lower than the current offerings.
I had heard several weeks ago that Microsoft was indeed prototyping a new 10-inch Surface internally, but my sources had suggested at the time that said hardware would be powered by an ARM processor. Bloomberg's report claims a new 10-inch Surface will be powered by Intel instead. It seems odd that Microsoft would try so hard to push ARM on partners but opt for an Intel processor in its low-end Surface line instead. I assume there's a reason behind going with Intel, however.
Mary-Jo Foley reports that Microsoft may opt for an Intel M-based chip, which would be much preferred over an Intel ATOM one. This will give the new Surface enough power to do daily tasks and light productivity work in Microsoft Office. Of course, you won't want to buy this device to do things like video editing of gaming. Microsoft's 10-inch Surface line have never been for that kind of task.
Regardless, many have been hoping Microsoft would release a new non-pro Surface at some point, as this line of Surface devices are far more affordable and approachable to the masses. A $400 Surface might draw in new audiences that previously weren't interested due to the high-price of Surface products usually. Selling a cheap Surface is a dangerous game, however, as it's probably unwise for Microsoft to try and undercut its partners when it comes to Windows hardware.
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments!
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The Surface 3 uses the ATOM X7 8700, which according to Intel's website, is still the 'best' ATOM they offer. Further, most reporting I've seen indicates Intel is abandoning the very low power end of their line-up (with the exception of special IoT chips).
So unless, Intel has something unannounced that they've kept a tight lid on, there are no better ATOM processors for Microsoft to use.
Going with the Snapdragon 845 seems far more likely IMO.
The china tablets use these chipsets to but they use the cheaper n4100, also good soc. some geekbench scores (cpu side):
Pentium n5000: https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/search?q=n5000
Intel core m3 7y30: https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/search?utf8=9C%93&q=m3-7Y30 On the gpu side i think the difference is way bigger. Grated both consume more then an atom. That said a snap 845 would be nice, should be better then the intel soc's for uwp (arm) apps but not for w32 apps.
On another note, I would hate to see rounder corners on any Surface devices, less than a Surface Dilldo.
And there never have been any false promises from Qualcomm with respect to WOA
Not to mention in many cases brands outs some specs/performance in mid range that even flagships owners can envy.
Taking on ipads may be interesting, as they are also camera focused, would be weird to compare them with some of specs being inferior, hopefully that will change in their pricy surfaces too.
Reviving the original Surface Pro line...
This form factor is screaming for the benefits of multi-day battery and always on LTE connectivity.
But then if the Surface Phone/Courier/Andromeda/Whatever appears . . . .
If they want an ARM Windows to compete, it should have Android support and Play Store access... Unless they make x86 emulation fast.
https://wccftech.com/intel-10nm-cannonlake-y-dual-core-igpu-processor-sp... This would be a potential candidate for an Intel powered 10" tablet.
Core m3-8114Y, 4.5W TDP, Intel UHD graphics, LPDDR4 support, Real SSD (please don't cripple this device with a cheap storage solution like eMMC). It still won't be as thin or light as the iPad.
any Microsoft Physical or Online store & pay 500 dollars plus for a PC Tablet. this price
is affordable to to enough new buyers to buy a Microsoft Made Tablet. Microsoft needed
this product to sell to low income & medium income People. they will probably some day sell
a 500 dollar package bundle that includes the Type Cover and basic Tablet Pen if this PC
Tablet does MS Office Well, Netflix, and does web searches Well it will be worth 400$