Mircrosoft's Low-Cost Tablet to Rival Apple

Katie Ramirez
May 16, 2018

Indeed, after canceling the 8-inch Surface Mini back in 2014 and leaving the 2015 Surface 3 without a successor, the company may bring a new 10-inch affordable Surface tablet to the market in the second half of 2018.

The software company said it plans to release the Surface tablets as early as June, according to a Bloomberg report citing "people familiar with the matter". They'll be priced around $400, according to sources.

The new Surface tablets would cost about $400 and feature 10-in. screens, rounded edges, USB-C connectivity (a first for Surfaces), and weight about 20% less than the Pro models.

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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.

Of course, along with a new Surface come updated accessories, and the new 10-inch form factor will see updates to the Surface keyboards, stylus and mouse at this size. 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. Like previous Surface tablets, it will feature an integrated kickstand.

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.

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