Report: Microsoft Will Announce A Surface With Power-Optimized Haswell Variant Chip Instead Of Intel Atom

Microsoft has invited the press for a Surface related event on May 20th. Microsoft is expected to reveal Surface Mini which will be based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have a full stylus support as well. Bloomberg later reported that Microsoft will also reveal a Intel based Surface at the same event in addition to the rumored Surface Mini. Today, CNET reported that the Intel based Surface will based on a new power-optimized Haswell variant as opposed to the widely believed Intel Atom processor.

“There’s definitely a new Intel-based Surface,” a chip industry source told CNET, who added that the media attending the event may “go back” with the Intel-based product.

“From what I can assess so far I think it’s going to [have] a new power-optimized Haswell variant,” the source said, not an Atom processor like Intel’s Bay Trail.

Microsoft already has a Intel Haswell based product called Surface Pro 2 which starts at $899 price point. The ARM based Surface 2 now starts at $459. The rumored Surface Mini will also be ARM based and will start at even lower price point. Now, this reported Surface based on new power-optimized Haswell variant should fall between Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2. And its price range should be between $499 – $699. What do you think?

Source: CNET

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