A rumor from earlier this month stated that Microsoft is working on a more affordable Surface laptop for launch this holiday. The device – codenamed Sparti – is expected to be powered by a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 in its lowest tier and was rumored to cost anywhere between $500-$600. Now, a new report by WinFuture suggests that the 12.5-inch screen housing Surface could start at $699.99.
The report adds that the company is reportedly packing a 10th-gen Core i5 processor in the laptop. It is also expected to be offered with a minimum of 8GB of RAM, a departure from the 4GB speculation from an earlier rumor. There is no information on what the internal storage specifics are but considering that the price range is said to start at $699, the firm may choose to pack at least 128GB of storage.
Additionally, each tier of the device is expected to increase by $100 while bumping up the storage, RAM, and processor configurations. The most expensive SKU is reportedly slated to cost $1,199. However, it is not known what specs the Redmond firm will offer that top-of-the-line SKU with.
Today’s report also corroborates earlier rumors of a successor to the Surface Pro X powered by a refreshed Microsoft SQ2 being in the works. There is speculation that the company might hold a Surface event on September 30, where it is expected to unveil the Surface Pro X 2 and the rumored 12.5-inch Surface laptop. The latter is said to be slated for an end of October availability.
Source: WinFuture (German)