If it’s thin, light-weight with long battery life and affordable … then let me have it!
Expectations of a budget Microsoft Surface tablet that would bring the company’s reach to mainstream pricing ranges have been doing the rounds for years now. The company, however, has preferred to build on its product design chops on a higher margin market, going after Apple’s usual product language. It now seems those days are over, as rumors and leaks have somewhat coalesced into an actual, impending product launch – if insiders are correct, this product should materialize this Friday, July 13th.
The new Surface tablet will launch starting from $399 under Microsoft’s Education program, but configuration options should bring options up to the $829 mark. The screen is expected to be a 10″ affair, with an 1800×1200 resolution. CPU options should start with Intel’s “Gemini Lake” Pentium Silver N5000, a quad-core SoC with a 1.1 GHz base clock and up to 2.7 GHz boost. The more expensive versions will likely feature the Intel Pentium Gold 4410Y and the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y, both based on the “Kaby Lake” architecture. Base configurations should carry 4 GB of DDR4 memory (configurable up to 8 GB), and 64 GB of storage (up to 256 GB), on a 562 g body and USB Type-C. A special-purpose Type cover and mouse will be made available as well.