Low-Cost Surface Tablet Coming in 2018

17 May, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Microsoft working on smaller cheaper Surface tablets to rival Apple's iPad

While the Surface Pro is certainly a capable tablet with a lot to offer, it's significantly more expensive than the base iPad models resulting in a lower market share when compared to tablets from Apple.

Just like their big brother, the cheaper Surface tablet will feature Intel processors and graphics and run the full version of Windows 10 Pro.

Microsoft plans to take on Apple's popular 9.7-inch iPad with a low-priced Surface tablet, according to a new report.

The edges of the tablet are rumored to be rounded, closer in form to an iPad than current Surface devices.

The tablets will probably be about 20 percent lighter than the high-end models, but will have four hours fewer of battery life. When asked about the expected pricing, Bleeping Computer was told "Surface Hub 2 pricing will be competitive with other devices in market". Hopefully, the tech giant will be able to introduce some product diversification if the latest rumor turns out to be true.

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Instead, it began to focus on the Surface Pro, a higher end, more expensive version of its tablets.

They'll also reportedly charge via USB-C, which is excellent news for everyone, since Microsoft's proprietary charger is notoriously unreliable. Being that Qualcomm is behind this initiative, I'm sure that Apple is already working on a next-gen iPad Pro that will maintain their market lead. The idea is to hit a market dominated so far by Apple and its iPads, the sources added. The Surface Pro now sells for A$1199 (US$799). Later, hardware chief Panos Panay confirmed that Microsoft killed the Surface Mini-at the last second, by many accounts. Sources say it will cost around $400 and will be accompanied by more affordable versions of Microsoft's official Surface keyboard cover, mouse, and stylus.

Microsoft is planning to add devices with LTE connectivity, which had been lacking on the Surface Pro until this past year's model. The tablets will still have the kickstand for upright typing and watching video.

The home button would be dropped in favor of an all-screen device, not unlike the 10th anniversary iPhone X, which was released last fall. That would make it likely to run Windows 10 S, which can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, or with Windows 10 Pro in S mode if the operating system activates the functionality before Microsoft releases the tablet itself.



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