Microsoft Plans Lower Cost Surface Tablets to Compete With iPad

Microsoft Plans Lower Cost Surface Tablets to Compete With iPad

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Microsoft is planning to release a line of lower cost Surface tablets that could compete with the Apple iPad, reports Bloomberg. The tablets could arrive in the second half of this year.

The new Surface tablets are said to feature a 10-inch display, rounded edges like an iPad, USB-C connectivity, and a new charging and syncing standard. They're expected to be about 20% lighter than the high-end Surface models and will have around four hours less of battery life. Currently, the Surface Pro can last 13.5 hours on a single charge.

The current professional-oriented Surface Pro lineup starts at $799. Microsoft, which hasn’t finalized its plans, is expected to price the cheapest versions of the new device at about $400. Like the Surface Pro, these models won’t be bundled with the company’s keyboard cover. To go along with the lower-cost device, Microsoft is preparing less-expensive versions of its keyboard cover, stylus and mouse, the people said. The current keyboard cover costs an extra $160, while the new keyboard will be priced a bit lower, they said.

Sources tell the site that Intel will be providing the processor and graphics chips. Multiple models are planed including versions with 64GB and 128GB of storage and LTE connectivity. The tablet will still have a kickstand and will run Windows 10 Pro.

The Surface tablet will likely rival Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad which now features Apple Pencil support and runs iOS 11. The sixth generation iPad starts at $329.

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Microsoft Plans Lower Cost Surface Tablets to Compete With iPad
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Blackapino - May 17, 2018 at 7:08am
If you're Running a Celeron Processor, then...I should advise you to get a Chromebook. But you are right...making the price lower DOES pose some problems, BUT...I can assure you people by Laptops with i3' what does that tell you about Lower Spec Surfaces.
Mang Domeng - May 16, 2018 at 7:08pm
Lower price means lower specs. How can a power hog OS and apps run on an inferior spec device? I have a cheap entry level Asus notebook which runs on Celeron and it is way too slow forcing me to set everything to the lowest setting just to make it run a little bit faster. Imagine the looks of Windows 98. If microsoft can develop their OS lighter for low spec hardwares and make their .exe apps also lighter but with desktop class perfomance it will be a win for Windows. But forcing a full version Windows OS to a 32GB storage, dual core processor and a 2GB of ram, good luck in making it run seamlessly with heavy graphics hungry apps! For price, performance, and reliability, the iPad and iPad Pro still win the Tablet race.
FreddyZiffle - May 16, 2018 at 8:23pm
Using a celeron as your base for this comparison is so far beyond the times. Those shouldn’t even be sold anymore.