Microsoft plans to take on iPad with low-priced Surface tablets

The Microsoft new tablets are expected to be about 20% lighter than the high-end models but will have around four hours fewer of battery life

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

Bloomberg's report claims a new 10-inch Surface will be powered by Intel instead. 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. 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.

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.

That last bit is important.

There will be versions with 64 and 128 GB of storage, and models that connect to LTE cellular networks. However, if executed correctly, Microsoft might be able to hit a sweet spot with the upcoming Surface Tablets and might as well give Apple a run for its money. Selling a cheap Surface is a risky game however, as it's probably unwise for Microsoft to try and undercut its partners when it comes to Windows hardware. Anyway, it's seems likely that the Redmond giant could hold a special event to introduce these new Surface tablets later this year, maybe with some updates for other Surface products along the way. Apple is the dominant player in the tablet market and makes iPads ranging from $329 in price all the way up to over a $1,000 with the iPad Pro.

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