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Microsoft's rumored budget Surface appears to have passed through the FCC

04 July 2018

As first detected by German publication WinFuture, Microsoft has pushed a "portable computing device" through to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the USA, that's likely to be a new Surface tablet. It reveals a low-powered charger, which would be for a smaller Surface device, and that's about it. Basically, Microsoft wants to offer a device similar to the Surface Pro, but with a smaller display of almost 10 inches.

Microsoft hasn't confirmed anything yet, but reports suggest that there will be an LTE model of this cheaper Surface. It will be powered by one of the Intel's Pentium Silver chips.

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Microsoft will apparently release affordable accessories such as a cheaper stylus and more cost-effective variants of the Surface Type Cover. The tablet will probably be fueled by the Intel Pentium Silver N5000, which is a four-core x86 chipset from the Gemini Lake series that clocks at 1.10GHz.

That's where the entry-level 9.7-inch iPad is trying to fight off sub-$400 Chrome OS laptops and tablets, but a new Surface "line" is also expected to enter the arena soon with 10-inch screens, USB-C connectivity and a maximum of around nine hours of battery life between charges.

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But if you perhaps hoped you'd get an Intel Core M-series chip for less than the $799 now charged for the cheapest Surface Pro configuration, a certain "master of cheap scoops" is here to crush your unrealistic dreams. 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.

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