Only $400

Microsoft is building a smaller and cheaper Surface tablet

Microsoft is reportedly working on a new smaller Surface tablet that will cost $400 to compete with the new $329 entry-level iPad.

Surface LTE on table with pen. Source Microsoft.

It’d appears that Microsoft wants to compete with the new low-cost iPad, as the company is now reportedly working on a cheaper Surface device.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, the software giant is building a new Surface tablet that will feature a smaller screen and will be a lot cheaper than the Surface Pro line.

iPad-like design and USB-C

The report points out that the new device will sport a 10-inch screen with a design that uses rounded corners similar to the iPad (current Surface devices feature 12.3-inch screens with square corners). And it’s expected to be priced around $400.

Also, it’s said that the tablet will include a USB Type-C port for connectivity and charging, which is a first for the Surface family, and it’ll be about 20 percent lighter than the Surface Pro. However, the battery life won’t be as good as the high-end models, as Bloomberg reports that the battery on the low-cost will be around 9.5 hours.

Intel CPUs instead of Qualcomm’s

Instead of using ARM processors from Qualcomm, which will be a perfect fit, Microsoft will be using Intel for processors and graphics.

Apparently, there’ll be two models of the tablet featuring a 64GB and 128GB of internal storage, both models will include the choice for LTE connectivity and the icon kickstand, and it’ll run the full version of Windows 10 Pro.

In addition, it also appears that Microsoft is working on a new set of keyboard cover, mouse, and stylus for the new cheaper version of Surface. However, they’ll be sold separately.

Currently, the cheapest version of the latest Surface Pro starts at $799, which is a lot more expensive that the entry-level iPad that cost only $329 (with completely different specs).

This won’t be Microsoft first attempt to enter the market with a cheap tablet. Previously, we’ve seen devices like the Surface RT, Surface 2, and even a Surface 3 device, but these devices never caught much popularity.

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