Microsoft plans to launch low-priced Surface tablets to compete with iPads

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

Seeing the success Apple has been able to garner, Microsoft is reportedly working on cheaper Surface tablets, which will be able to take on the cheaper iPad lineup and take the fight right to Apple.

Thanks to their smaller form factor the new Surface tablets will be about 20 per cent lighter than a Surface Pro.

One version of the upcoming Surface will have 64gb storage, while another model will have 128gb worth of storage, Bloomberg said. The tablets will run Windows 10 Pro out of the box, although there's no word as to whether S Mode will be enabled by default.

Considering that the current cheapest version of the Surface Pro is around $799 and the cheapest iPad is $329, this will be a massive step forward for Microsoft when it comes to keeping up with their main competitor. The device would better compete with Apple's entry-level iPad and would return Microsoft to a market segment it abandoned when it stopped selling the Surface 3.

The Microsoft Surface Pro is the latest tablet from the Redmond-based corporation.

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However, the firm later discontinued the Surface RT in 2017. In those places, I see a lot of Surface Pro devices and other similar tablets. Last year Apple sold nearly $20 billion in iPads, whereas Microsoft's professional Surface line sold just $4.4 billion. The new devices will offer 10-inch screens and, according to Bloomberg, will be priced at around $400 - possibly as low as £350 in the UK.

Further features of the rumored hardware include optional LTE support and the classic Surface kickstand. Basically, Apple is not a player in the education market.

The smaller size means a smaller battery, so you won't get the same battery life from the larger Surface models.

It will also be equipped with 4K cameras and enhanced speakers with field mic arrays that will allow workers to connect and contact in real time those who are thousands of miles away.

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.

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