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Possible Surface Book 3 powered by an Intel Core i5-1035G1 and 8 GB of RAM appears on 3DMark

Is a Core i5-1035G1 Surface Book 3 in the works? (Image source: Microsoft)
Is a Core i5-1035G1 Surface Book 3 in the works? (Image source: Microsoft)
Codenamed the OEMQN Product Name EV1, the Core i5-1035G1 is likely an entry-level version of the Surface Book 3. Sporting a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM this time, the long-awaited Surface Book 2 successor is expected to launch sometime this Spring.

Microsoft is definitely working on something Core i5-1035G1 related. Spotted on UserBenchmark last week, the OEMQN Product Name EV1 has now posted on 3DMark and again with a Core i5-1035G1

The Core i5-1035G1 is a quad-core Ice Lake-U processor that has a 15 W default TDP. The Hyper-Threaded and 10 nm chip has a 1.0 GHz base clock, but it can temporarily reach 3.6 GHz and 25 W using Intel Turbo Boost. 

The timing of a second OEMQN Product Name EV1 sighting in as many weeks suggests that we could be close to the arrival of retail units. As we deduced last week, only the release of the Surface Book 3 coincides with these listings, as new generations of the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop are likely several months off yet.

This is not the same OEMQN Product Name EV1 SKU that we have seen previously, either. In short, it seems that this 3DMark listing is for a lower-end SKU. We are basing this on that it has less RAM and storage than the one that appeared on UserBenchmark last week. These could be SKUs of an entirely new product line, but we are struggling to think of a new way in which Microsoft could currently take the Surface lineup. A spring hardware event still seems likely though, so hopefully we do not have too long to wait before Microsoft showcases what these Core i5-1035G1 machines are.

(Image source: 3DMark via @_rogame)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-04- 3 (Update: 2020-04- 3)