Thursday, 24 May, 2018


Microsoft reportedly planning cheaper Surface tablets to compete against $329 iPad

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Kristine Garrett | 16 May, 2018, 17:01

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 previous year. 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.

A credible Bloomberg report claims that Microsoft will deliver a $400 Surface-branded tablet by late 2018. It will have rounded corners, which are unlike the hard corners on existing Surface tablets, and should deliver about 9.5 hours of battery life.it will be powered by an Intel chipset and will feature USB-C connectivity.

Microsoft hasn't really refreshed the design of its Surface tablets since the 2014 Surface Pro 3, so it will be interesting to see Panos Panay's team can out-innovate Apple's popular but slightly dated iPad design.

With 10-inch screens, the devices would be more diminutive in size than the 12-inch Surface Pro, as well as being 20 percent lighter.

Perhaps most importantly, there's no reason to fear an unlikely comeback of the universally loathed Windows RT platform, with the full 10 Pro experience to be offered on a tighter than usual budget.

There will be versions with 64 and 128 GB of storage, and models that connect to LTE cellular networks. A $400 Surface might draw in new audiences that previously weren't interested due to the high-price of Surface products usually.

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