One more report confirms a new Surface Tablet along with Surface mini to be announced on May 20th, the date when Microsoft is holding an event. CNET now confirms via its sources that, this new Surface Tablet will not be smaller in size and may run on Intel’s power-optimized Haswell chip variant. The Surface Pro 2 also runs on Intel Core i5-4300U processor, which is a Haswell chip.
While a smaller version of the Surface tablet may be the main attraction at an upcoming Microsoft event, other changes to the line are also expected.
In addition to the “Surface Mini” product based on a Qualcomm chip, a new Intel-based Surface product is also expected at the May 20 event, as first reported by Bloomberg.
“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.
And that new Intel-based model is not expected to be a smaller version of the Surface like the Qualcomm-based product, another source added. This person also believes it will be a Haswell-based product.