It's a bit premature to talk about SOCs just yet. I know GPD may have alluded to working on a WIN 2, but that is something they always say with all their products - including the XD for that matter from pretty much day 1. In reality , it will be some time before a WIN 2, end of next year at the very earliest and probably the year after.
The point of this thread is to let know GPD what the community really want, early in the design of the Win2.
The Pocket was revealed only a few months ago, and they already had a fixed plan for it, with major flaws such as the lack of SD reader that they don't want to change it seems. If they revealed the Pocket before the final design decisions, the community would have pointed to the issue.
Which is the goal of this thread for the Win2. Judging by the results of this poll, we want the fastest SOC (be it CoreM or whatever available at the launch period), not the cheapest (the current plan for GPD is the N4200).
I would like to ask where you got those prices from in the OP. As far as I can find, the Core-m3-7Y30 is $281 ie $244 more than the Z8700https://ark.intel.com/products/95449/Intel-Core-m3-7Y30-Processor-4M-Cache-2_60-GHz-
Also, it wouldn't be just $244 more, you have to factor in wholesale and retail profit margins. For example, the part and manufacture cost of the WIN is very roughly maybe say $150 or there abouts. Yet it retails for $340. ie when you add the wholesale and retail margins on top of the Core-m3-7Y30 cost, it will be way more than $500. Probably around $700. Even a Apollo lake WIN would be a lot more than $400 as mentioned in the OP.
It's really a comparison between WINs with more expensive SOCS which both would be a lot more.
Neither of this means anything though, as who knows what will be on the market at the time. Remember, GPD always say they are working on things. The XD is coming up to 2 years old now, and it's 2nd iteration has been said from day one.
Mind you asking for GPD to include everyone in the loop early is a good idea. I have no problem with that. That said, we all asked GPD to let us know the details of their next device way before any crowdfunding so we can give input. This was after the GPD WIN , where they didn't give us any real time. GPD came back and acknoledged the issue and said they would ensure next time they would give us a lot more time for input. Fast forward a year with the GPD Pocket, and what happened. ........ wait for it. Yep , they gave us less time.