Microsoft plans to take on iPad with low-priced Surface tablets

Bloomberg: Microsoft plans lower-cost Surface tablets to battle Apple

Bloomberg: Microsoft plans lower-cost Surface tablets to battle Apple

According to a report from Bloomberg, the new 10-inch Surface tablets will feature rounded corners similar those found on Apple's iPads, and they'll also be the second Surface devices to come with a USB-C port following the Surface Book 2 a year ago.

Microsoft is reportedly working a smaller, cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro. According to the report, the new Surfaces should start at around $400 without accessories like a keyboard, which is $99 cheaper than the 2015 Surface 3.

The first 10-inch member of the classroom-friendly family could be unveiled "as soon as the second half of 2018", according to rock-solid sources on the inside, fetching around $400 with iPad-like rounded edges and a USB Type-C port that's still notably absent from the Surface Pro.


The 2015 Surface 13 is Microsoft's last 10-inch Surface model.

Microsoft's non-pro line of Surface tablets hasn't been updated with newer models since 2014, when the Surface 3 launched with an Intel ATOM processor and Windows 8.1.

The existing Surface Pro tablets use Intel processors with SSD storage, similar to the CPU chips seen in the 12-inch MacBook. However, if executed correctly, Microsoft might be able to hit a sweet spot with the upcoming Surface Tablets and might as well give Apple a run for its money. Like previous Surface tablets, it will feature an integrated kickstand. Selling a cheap Surface is a unsafe game however, as it's probably unwise for Microsoft to try and undercut its partners when it comes to Windows hardware.

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