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Microsoft’s new iPad contender set to offer Intel Pentium CPU, report says

Microsoft’s rumoured affordable Surface tablet will feature the lower-end Intel Pentium processors, according to reports.

WinFuture sources say the sub-$400 tablet will have a Pentium Silver N500 CPU on the base model, rather than the Intel Core M processor as previously rumoured.

This CPU has a quad-core, 32-bit Gemini Lake 1.1GHz processor and is much more affordable than the Core M processor. This is important, given Microsoft is working hard to make the competitive with the entry-level iPads.

If you’re seeking a little more oomph, there’ll be higher-end versions available carrying the Pentium Gold 4410Y or 4415Y platforms. These dual core chips are available at up to 1.6GHz and will offer better performance.

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According to today’s report, the Windows 10 Pro devices will arrive with a choice of 4GB or 8GB RAM. The sources also say there’ll be an option for 4G LTE.

The display will be 10-inches, the report says, with a 3:2 aspect ratio. That makes it more comparable with the iPad than the higher-end Surface Pro models. Given the assumed educational focus, it’s perhaps surprising to hear Windows 10 Pro will be on board, rather than the lighter Windows 10 S.

WinFuture has a pretty solid record when it comes to Microsoft rumours so we’d be included to place a little faith in this rumour. It’s certainly more believable than the previous reports suggesting the more expensive Core M would be the go-to processor range for this device.

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The report comes as it appears as the chance of the foldable ‘Andromeda’ device arriving this year appear to be lessening. A report from ZDnet this week said Microsoft may have scrapped the idea completely.

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