Rumored budget Surface may pack Intel Pentium processors
Going with Intel's Pentium line could help hit the rumored $400 price point.
Microsoft is widely rumored to be cooking up a budget Surface tablet meant to compete with Apple's iPad. Now, we may have a clue as to how the company will hit its reported $400 entry point: Intel's Pentium processors.
German blog WinFuture.de reports that the budget Surface will pack Intel's Pentium Silver N5000 chip on the low end, with options for either a Pentium Gold 4410Y or Pentium Gold 4415Y chip for those willing to shell out a little more cash. Pentium chips would mean the device will be substantially less powerful than its Core i5 and i7-powered brethren, but they're also much cheaper, allowing Microsoft to keep costs low while still providing enough performance for tasks like browsing the web and working with Microsoft Office.
Initial rumors of a low-cost Surface device surfaced earlier this year, pointing toward a device with a 10-inch screen, USB-C connectivity, and a budget price tag. An LTE option is also said to be on the table, and the design will be slightly different with rounded corners similar to the iPad.
Microsoft has previously attempted to capture the market for a budget Surface device, releasing the Surface 3 in 2015. However, there's been no replacement device since, leaving only the Surface Pro lineup for anyone looking to pick up a Microsoft tablet. There's no indication yet of when we may see the rumored Surface launch, but it did clear the FCC earlier this week, so it may not be too far off.
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By Jez Corden
N5000 is much stronger, even faster than Core M3 7Y30, look for benchmarks
possibly 1080 P plus resolution😊
speaker as good as the surface 3 or better
good web cams
possible fingerprint reader on the type cover
bonus newer LTE option
The Pentiums in question are 6W. Know your surroundings grasshopper.
its target at different segment of users school/
consumer. app compatibility with ARM 835 it's not quite there for all types of the different scenarios
To improve things going forward Snapdragon 850/1000 for desktop. Also Arm 64 bit support
I don't have anything against Windows ARM, but when its about performance, Intel is the winner here.
Just finished compiling SNES9x for Win32 ARM64 - running now 60fps while using 20% of the CPU. The emulated x86 version was <60fps with sound issues.
better build quality
better battery life
While Surface Products, always been good on that, this will be an exception, since its target for emerging markets or professionals that need a working tool at a budget price.
remember this is targeted at k-12 schools
/ normal consumers
if you're looking for more power the Pentium gold offering
good for everyday tasks To handle a little more demanding load tasks. As for power I think we will have to wait until it actually is shown
but the 8 to 10 under a variable of conditions I think that's a solid offering plus fast charging.
That ARM could have conflict with at this time.
also even the Asus novago start at 599$
Till ARM chips improve to the point where we say the 600 series support i doubt we'll see any 400$ devices anytime soon
MS needs to understand performance matters, a fluid and solid experience psychologically makes learning better, that's why iPad is so great for students.
With these rumored specs, MS cannot compete with the iPad unless they release it with an iteration of Windows 10 that is literally bare bones and takes up the most minimal amount of resources, and when I say barebones, I mean even less than Windows S!