Microsoft is expected to take the wraps off a new and more affordable Surface model later this year. Like Apple’s tablet, the device will have rounded corners and a 10-inch screen. Reports in May said Microsoft is aiming to release new Surface tablets for $400 in the second half of 2018 and is aimed at teachers, students, and consumers who would otherwise buy an iPad.

It’s no longer a secret that Microsoft will try to keep the price down and to do so, the company would stay away from Intel Core i5 and i7 processor.

According to an article by WinFuture, in order to keep costs down, Microsoft may opt to use Intel Pentium Silver N5000 and Pentium Gold Y-series processors.

New details on CPU configurations

WinFuture states that the affordable configuration would be a Surface utilizing an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 processor. Slightly upgraded models might feature Intel Pentium Gold 4410Y or the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processors.

Windows 10 runs very well on low-end devices and with these CPUs the device would be more than capable of web-browsing, streaming, and note-taking.

Specifications

The device will have rounded corners and a 10-inch screen. Configurations may include 64GB of storage and 128GB of storage. The low-cost Surface would use USB C for charging and as compared to the Surface Pro, it would be 20 percent lighter.

The new Surface will run Windows 10 and full support for Win32 apps will be offered. Details in the FCC filings suggest that this Surface model will have a 24-watt power supply.

Microsoft is also working on a lower-priced keyboard cover and mouse.

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