Microsoft To Release Low-Cost Tablets To Rival iPad

Microsoft To Release Low-Cost Tablets To Rival iPad

Word comes from the well-connected Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, who says there'll be a $400 (around £300) asking price for the 10-inch tablet, which could arrive in the second half of this year.

This recent news from Bloomberg suggests that the company is taking steps to give us a cheaper Surface tablet that will be priced closer to $400 rather than the $799 that we're seeing from the Surface Pro today. They will also feature USB-C connectivity, first in the Surface lineup, along with a new charging and syncing standard that is being used some of the latest smartphones.

Additionally, "Surface Hub 2" will come with options like "Tiling", that would display multiple pieces of content side-by-side, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, 4K cameras, integrated speakers and far field mic.

The tablets are reportedly 20 percent lighter than the Surface Pro and swap the unit's 12-inch screen for a smaller 10-inch unit. Microsoft fans have been waiting for more news about their Surface 4 replacement but we have not heard anything yet.

On Tuesday, the company released the huge Surface Hub 2 touchscreen, a 50.5-inch device that is created to replace the whiteboard.

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One version of the upcoming Surface will have 64gb storage, while another model will have 128gb worth of storage, Bloomberg said.

Microsoft is fending off competition on all sides in the education market, with Google's Chromebooks increasing in market share and Apple recently launching a new iPad aimed at schools. The Surface Hub 2 presents in a 3:2 aspect ratio.

KitGuru Says: I managed to get my hands on a Surface Pro 4 for half price previous year and I do appreciate the machine, even if it does stumble here and there. The tablet is also set to feature rounded corners, moving its design more in line with the iPad than the rectangular build of the Surface Pro. Intel Corp. will supply the main processor and graphics chips for the devices.

Microsoft chose to remain silent to this report neither confirmed nor rejected any news regarding the existence of such device.