Microsoft is rumoured to be working on introducing a new, lower cost version of the Surface; one that would directly compete with Apple’s iPad. A report is also indicating that these smaller tablets will require reduced hardware specifications. Suggesting that they would be powered by Intel Pentium processors.
A source informed German news site Winfuture about the arrangement with the two upcoming Surface tablets. Both are said to be 10-inch devices, coming with different hardware profiles. The lower cost of the two tablets is likely to sport the Intel Pentium Silver from the Gemini Lake series, while the more expensive is expected to run on the Intel Pentium Gold line.
The site also suggests that results found on Geekbench also refer to the possible Microsoft Surface tablets, complete with LTE capable variants. That said, it could turn out that these devices are not what Microsoft has in mind; but FCC filings suggest that the Germans are close to the truth.
Microsoft hasn’t put out a budget minded tablet in a while, seeing that it hasn’t seen much success in the field. Using Pentium processors are unlikely to get it the press that it wants; seeing that devices running on these low powered chips are often overlooked by consumers.