Though this may sound familiar, Microsoft is reportedly planning a line of lower-cost Surface tablets to challenge Apple's least expensive iPads later this year. Taking the lead from an increasing number of smartphones, the cheap Surface will also feature a USB-C port for charging and syncing.
On a positive note, the changes are said to enable the Surface to drop in both weight and pricing.
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. As always, there will also be 64GB or 128GB variants, along with an LTE model for cellular connectivity too. They're expected to be about 20% lighter than the high-end Surface models and will have around four hours less of battery life.
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Microsoft tried to do this before when it released the $499 Surface RT tablet in 2012. It introduced the original Surface RT in 2012 from United States dollars 499.
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Microsoft has dabbled with more affordable tablets in the past. Companies like Apple and Amazon have opted to capture the low-end t0 mid-range segments of the market, while Microsoft went all in with the Surface line that could end up costing you over $3,100 depending on the configuration.
Alongside the devices, Microsoft plans to launch a cheaper keyboard cover, stylus and mouse - the current package costs $160.
At Apple's Spring 2018 event in Chicago the company announced a new 9.7-inch iPad dubbed its "most affordable" model yet. Being that Qualcomm is behind this initiative, I'm sure that Apple is already working on a next-gen iPad Pro that will maintain their market lead.
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