A New Haswell-powered Tablet Likely at May 20 Surface Event

Pulkit Chandna

Will reportedly be based on a new power-efficient Haswell part

Ever since Microsoft sent out press invites for a Surface-related event  scheduled for May 20, 2014, in New York , the tech media has been busy speculating about the event’s agenda. Many in the tech commentariat expect the long-rumored “Surface Mini” to finally step into the realm of reality to take center stage at the upcoming event. But with the hitherto fabled Microsoft tablet widely rumored to pack an ARM-based SoC from Qualcomm, the question is: What about Intel?

Intel won’t be left behind, according to CNET . An unnamed chip industry source told the site that Microsoft will also unveil an Intel-powered Surface tablet, with the possibility of the members of the press attending the event even going home with the tablet.

"There's definitely a new Intel-based Surface," the anonymous source told the tech site. "From what I can assess so far I think it's going to [have] a new power-optimized Haswell variant.”

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