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Microsoft plans lower-cost Surface tablets to battle Apple

Microsoft plans lower-cost Surface tablets to battle Apple

Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is looking to compete in this price range with some new Surface tablets that hit $400 price points.

Microsoft's non-pro line of Surface tablets hasn't been updated with newer models since 2014, when the Surface 3 launched with an Intel ATOM processor and Windows 8.1. Moreover, the new tablets will keep the familiar kickstand first seen on the Surface RT, though these new 10-inch Surface tablets should be 20 percent lighter than the standard Surface Pro. Microsoft is rumored to have softened the appearance of the tablets, rounding off the corners to make them more like the iPad, rather than leaving them square, as with the current Surface Line.




After abandoning both the Windows RT operating system and long-gestating plans for the release of a diminutive, affordable Surface Mini tablet, Microsoft made a decision to focus the consumer hardware efforts of the software-first company squarely on higher-end products. But the $400 Surface tablet will apparently be the first of Microsoft's PC to rely on USB-C for power. Microsoft is said to be planning 64GB and 128GB models, and all configurations will run Windows 10 Pro.

The Bloomberg report doesn't specify this, but it's likely that the new Surface is aimed at the cost-conscious education market. While iPad sales have shown some signs of slowing down, Bloomberg said Apple still sold around 44 million iPads, and brought in almost $20 billion in sales from the tablets, over the last four business quarters.