Microsoft reportedly plans $400 Surface tablet to rival $329 iPad

Microsoft reportedly plans $400 Surface tablet to rival $329 iPad

Pablo Tucker
May 16, 2018

The new tablets are expected to start at around $400, down from the $799 starting point of current Surface Pro models.

A credible Bloomberg report claims that Microsoft will deliver a $400 Surface-branded tablet by late 2018.

Microsoft previously released the $499 Surface RT in 2012 to limited success before switching to the Surface Pro line. Beyond cutting the new tablets' prices, Microsoft will apparently also offer less expensive versions of its keyboard cover, stylus, and mouse accessories, which will be sold separately. It will have rounded corners, which are unlike the hard corners on existing Surface tablets, and should deliver about 9.5 hours of battery will be powered by an Intel chipset and will feature USB-C connectivity. 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.

Despite the recent launch of Always Connected PCs using the Qualcomm 835 SoC and Windows 10 on ARM, these new Surface tablets will reportedly stick with Intel processors, with optional LTE connectivity.

The 2015 Surface 13 is Microsoft's last 10-inch Surface model. According to the sources, Microsoft is planning to target the sub $500 market which is now dominated by Apple iPads. Like previous Surface tablets, it will feature an integrated kickstand.

The Bloomberg report doesn't specify this, but it's likely that the new Surface is aimed at the cost-conscious education market.

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