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

According to a report from Bloomberg, the new 10-inch Surface tablets will feature rounded corners similar those found on Apple's iPads, and they'll also be the second Surface devices to come with a USB-C port following the Surface Book 2 a year ago. The new Surface Tablets will have a 10-inch display and will feature USB-C connections. Microsoft is rumored to have softened the appearance of the tablets, rounding off the corners to make them more like the iPad, rather than leaving them square, as with the current Surface Line.

$400 will naturally get you just the slate, without any productivity-enhancing accessories like keyboards or pens, while LTE connectivity and twice the base 64GB internal storage should also cost extra.

The new Surface tablets will debut in 2H18. Like the Surface 3, the new 10-inch device won't come bundled with any accessories, with said accessories being priced lower than the current offerings.

The 2015 Surface 13 is Microsoft's last 10-inch Surface model.

The Bloomberg report doesn't specify this, but it's likely that the new Surface is aimed at the cost-conscious education market. I assume there's a reason behind going with Intel, however. The budget line will have a battery life that's about four hours less than the Pro line. A $400 Surface might draw in new audiences that previously weren't interested due to the high-price of Surface products usually.

Whatever Microsoft does, it has its work cut out for it. Let us know in the comments!

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