Microsoft will launch the 12.5-inch Surface Laptop later this year.

Windows Central reports that Microsoft is preparing a lighter version of the Surface Laptop with a smaller 12.5-inch display. The new model will reportedly include Intel’s 10th-generation Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. It is reported that mainly for the student market, unlike the regular version of the Surface Laptop, the pre-installed Windows 10 is working in S mode.

Microsoft will launch the 12.5-inch Surface Laptop later this year.

Microsoft is rumoured to be pricing the new Surface Laptop at between $500 and $600, making it the most affordable option for the Surface range. It appears to be positioned as the equivalent of a smaller, more affordable conventional laptop between the Surface Pro and the Surface Go.

As has always been the case with Surface devices, Microsoft is likely to offer memory and storage upgrades at that time, as many users complain that the basic Surface Go, which has only 4GB of memory, is not as competent for everyday browsing and application tasks as the upgraded 8GB memory model.

Microsoft is likely to schedule some kind of Surface virtual launch in October to launch the new Surface Laptop and other hardware updates and accessories.