Microsoft plans lower-cost Surface tablets to battle Apple

Bloomberg: Microsoft plans lower-cost Surface tablets to battle Apple

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 move is aimed at taking market share from Apple's iPad, which dominates the lower-cost tablet market.

The tablets will reportedly sell at a starting point of about $400 and have 10-inch screens and USB connections as well as several options for upgrades. Microsoft is planning price them around $400 and will be available in later half of 2018.

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The existing Surface Pro tablets use Intel processors with SSD storage, similar to the CPU chips seen in the 12-inch MacBook. As always, there will also be 64GB or 128GB variants, along with an LTE model for cellular connectivity too. Interestingly, Microsoft is tipped to bring "less-expensive" versions of its optional keyboard cover, stylus and mouse to the market by the end of the year, although plans are still very much in flux.

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. Like previous Surface tablets, it will feature an integrated kickstand. Apple recently unveiled an updated $329 iPad for education, and while few schools would ever buy such a limited device, a tablet that could be used as a real PC would be a nice alternative.

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