Microsoft will bury Apple budget tablets Surface


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Regardless, many have been hoping Microsoft would release a new non-pro Surface at some point, as this line of Surface devices are far more affordable and approachable to the masses.

A new report suggests that Microsoft is working on a cheaper Surface tablet in hopes of better competing with the Apple iPad.

A true desktop operating system with mouse support could be a big draw for Microsoft's new Surface device, however. The tablets are also expected to sport USB Type-C connectivity port making them the first tablets to feature this technology. Advertised as the tablet that can replace your laptop, the Surface Pro starts at $799. In 2012, Microsoft moved to Surface Pro after a Surface RT debacle.

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. When Microsoft unveiled the Surface Hub back in 2015, it positioned the device as ideal for collaboration, with wide-angle cameras embedded in the body, an integrated Core i5 or i7 Haswell CPU, a 1080p or 4K resolution, and a 120Hz refresh rate.

The new tablets will come loaded with 10-inch screens, which is same as found in standard iPad. It's likely, however, that it will come with Windows 10 S, which gives users the Windows 10 feel and numerous same features, but only allows apps obtained from the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft gave up its effort to take on Apple's competitively priced iPad with the Surface 4 series, however the original ARM-powered Surface and Surface 2 were both attempts at scooping its own portion of the market. The current Surface Pro is rated to last 13.5 hours on a single charge, according to Microsoft.

In fact, Microsoft's video ad for the Surface Hub 2 really looks like something out of sci-fi film, since it does give an vast feeling of several futuristic scenarios coming to reality. The Surface Pro line has prices from United States dollars 799. The tablets will still have the kickstand for upright typing and watching video.

Microsoft declined to comment on the rumors of a cheaper Surface model, Bloomberg said.

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