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"Budget" Microsoft Surface Laptop billed for an October release with uninspiring specifications

The Surface Laptop "Sparti" will arrive before the end of 2020. (Image source: Microsoft)
The Surface Laptop "Sparti" will arrive before the end of 2020. (Image source: Microsoft)
Rumour has it that Microsoft is working on a 12.5-inch version of the Surface Laptop. Apparently to be billed as a budget model in the same vein as the Surface Go, the device will start at US$500-US$600 with a 10th generation Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
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Microsoft already has two sizes of the Surface Laptop, but Windows Central now claims that the company is working on a 12.5-inch model. However, this device is apparently an equivalent to the Surface Go, insofar as Microsoft will pitch it as a budget option to the regular versions of the Surface Laptop.

Windows Central alleges that the device, codenamed Sparti, will start at around US$500-US$600. According to the website, the entry-level model will have 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a 10th generation Core i5 processor. It remains to be seen whether this is from Intel's Comet Lake or Ice Lake generations, or if the Sparti will be graced with a U-series chip.

The device will also come pre-loaded with Windows 10 S, or Windows 10 in S mode as Microsoft now calls it. Presumably, Microsoft will sell SKUs with 8 GB of RAM and more storage, although a Core i7 model may not be on the cards. Windows Central claims that Microsoft will announce the mini Surface Laptop in October, along with several accessories. If that is the case, then we would expect regulatory bodies like the FCC to certify the device in the coming weeks.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-09- 8 (Update: 2020-09- 8)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.