New Surface tablets to hit shelves this week

New Surface tablets to hit shelves this week
A user on the social media website Reddit has shared what appears to be a picture of an internal document, stating that a product display for a new Microsoft product and Type Cover should be ready on the 13th of July. As we know, Type Cover is the name for the cover-keyboard combo that attaches to Surface tablets, making that the apparent product to be released.

According to another user, the device will have a 10" screen with a resolution of 1800x1200, USB-C port and a micro SD slot. The low-end version is expected to have 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, while the high end will have 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage. The same person also states that the Pro variants of the Surface tablets are expected in October, but there will be no new Surface laptop just yet.

What processors will power the devices was hinted by the documents given to the FCC earlier this month. They showed that the cheaper version will come with a quad-core Intel Pentium Silver N5000 clocked at 1.1GHz, with 2.7 GHz boost speed. More expensive devices are to be equipped with Intel Pentium 4410Y and 4415Y chips part of the Kaby Lake family.

As far as prices go, the cheapest option is expected to retail for $399, although that price is reserved for education customers, where those devices are expected to have the most demand. Regular customers will probably have to pay a bit more. The Surface with the top specs is allegedly going to sell for $829. These prices don't include the Type Cover, which will be released alongside the tablets.

Hopefully we won't have to rely on that jumble of information for much longer and the new line-up of Surface tablets will be announced and released by the end of the week.

source: Reddit via MSPowerUser



1. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Seems like a replacement for the M3 model and aimed more at competing with the upcoming IPad Pros. Perhaps under cutting them slightly on price. I wish MS would release a iPad 9.7 inch ARM based competitor too. Who knows maybe a SD1000 Surface Basic is the works.

4. deleon629

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

They're still stuck in the ditch they dug for themselves, for telling the general public that they could make devices with ARM chips (a-la, surface 3) with better multi-task functionality than A-chips/mobile iOS.

7. tsanguine

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 26, 2018

Surface 3 didn't use ARM. They were great inexpensive devises that where mostly bottle necked by the EMMC hard drive. I've purchased forty for my institution and they are still in heavy use. Looking forward to this new replacement.

16. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Their ditch is now entirely software based. They nail the hardware almost to perfection. They just need an arm based Surface, I'm sure they have something in the works but the problem as usual is software. I don't know what it's going to take to get developers to start taking Windows see seriously when it comes to apps.

9. luis.aag90

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I think this is the better aproach for now. A $399 Tablet that can launch full Windows apps is great. Add the Keyboard and you have a more useful product than any iPad. More than the iPad, this would be on par with the Macbook Air, while undercutting it by several hundreds. Educational and enterprise sectors are still better served by Windows.

15. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I don't agree with that. The iPad is in a league of its own. There is nothing like an iPad, with its extensive app catalogue made of quality and not garbage like the play and MS store. I absolutely adore my Surface Pro 2017 and can't imagine life without it, but it's my laptop/digital writing instrument. It's not my tablet. The biggest problem with Android tablets and the Surface, is the same problem that's always existed.. The Eco system. Apple has the iOS eco system nailed and noone comes close. The iPad is not a laptop replacement, it's an entirely new device that approachs mobile computing from a different angle. You have to know what you are getting into when you get one. I love tablets and cannot wait for new iPad's, Android tablets and Surface products. But despite that, the hardware only goes so far, and Apple has everyone beat on software.

17. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I have a Surface and iPad Pro and for serious uses like education, work or most productivity applications the iPad cannot hold a candle to the Surface. The reason ..... IOS. Windows has a huge range of apps, an eco-system that was around long before IOS and still dominates business. There are far more productivity apps in the Windows field than IOS and compatibility with a far wider range of hardware. The iPad is a great piece of hardware let down by a limited OS built for the mobile market.

2. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Microsoft's surface products are awesome. They're never a bad option, if you want a quality product with a great design and materials. This is a good time for them to release a new generation, as the new Intel's 8th generation chips are significantly better than 7th generation chips.

11. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

You're talking about the 8th Generation Intel Core i-series of processors, but the specs listed above show that these are getting Intel Pentium-series chips in them instead... not exactly the 8th Generation Intel Core i-series, I would say.

12. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Hmm, you're right. I assumed they would use those, as they seemed like a really good option right now, but apparently they're going for something that's more power saving.

18. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I would have wanted at least a Core i3 and 6GB of RAM in it... Pentium and 4GB of RAM is not what I would put in an iPad competitor if I wanted to be confident in its performance. And it costs more than the iPad... that stinks. Maybe they should have employed their new ability to run Windows on ARM chips, and put a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon in it instead of a Pentium chip. As for power saving... I don't know that the Pentium line is more efficient than some (or even many) of the other alternatives... I'll have to look it up later.

3. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Hmm with those prices they won't beat iPad's in education section!

10. luis.aag90

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Surface is more productive than iPad. It's well worth the (slight) price difference.

5. Rager722 unregistered

Hopefully they'll have USB-C now

6. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The USB-C mechanical design is so flimsy that owning a laptop with a single USB-C port would be really a gamble. USB-A is much more stable and sturdy.

14. Rager722 unregistered

Maybe you're right but USB-A is old tech, irreversible and very big. USB-C might be inevitable at this point.

8. yeayeayeaaa

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

4GB RAM really... Windows Desktop PC's can barely function on that allotment

13. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

They function just fine with 4GB, unless you're going to do some gaming or something, but that would be stupid on a product such as this.

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