Microsoft wants to broaden the horizons of the Microsoft Surface lineup, and it seems that its next move will be to offer more economical models that can make it compete with the iPad, for instance. For some time now, various information has been coming out about the upcoming Microsoft Surface Lite variants from benchmark tests and certifications.
Now new information comes out regarding processors available for the different models of these economical versions of Microsoft Surface.
Microsoft Surface Lite will boast Intel Pentium Gold and Pentium Silver
Microsoft’s idea would be to offer a series of devices based on Surface Pro, but with a 10-inch screen and specifications that would allow for a significant price reduction.
According to the German website Winfuture, the Microsoft Surface Lite models will be powered by Intel Pentium Gold and Pentium Silver.
For the most economical range, we will have an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 quad-core processor. This CPU belongs to the Gemini Lake family with a clock frequency of 1.1 GHz that would reach 2.7 GHz when necessary.
For the more expensive models, possibly designed to compete in the iPad Pro range, the Intel Pentium Gold 4410Y and Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processors, both based on the Kaby Lake architecture, would be used. The first one operates at 1.5 GHz, while the second one runs at 1.6 GHz.
Economical versions of Microsoft Surface will come out with 4 or 8 GB RAM
Thanks to a Geekbench test, we know that the upcoming economical versions of Microsoft Surface would come out with 4 or 8 GB of RAM, depending on the model, and Windows 10 Pro in the 64-bit version.
Also, there will be one model to support LTE connectivity.
There is no news about the possible release date for these economical versions of Microsoft Surface, but earlier rumors said that the new Microsoft Surface Lite models would roll out by the end of 2018, at a price of below $400.