Microsoft reportedly planning low-priced Surface tablets to compete with iPad

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

Maybe not for long, though, as a new "line of lower-cost Surface tablets" is reportedly in the works.

Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft is planning to compete head-to-head with Apple in this lower-priced tablet market by the end of this year with a new Surface tablet.

Microsoft has struggled to find a high-volume hit with the Surface devices as well as to introduce a flow of new choices to keep growth steady.

On a positive note, the changes are said to enable the Surface to drop in both weight and pricing. Multiple models are planed including versions with 64GB and 128GB of storage and LTE connectivity.

Current Surface Pro devices start at $799.

Significantly lighter than the latest Pro generation, the new unnamed budget-friendly Surface is also expected to lose quite a bit of battery life while still packing Intel processing power and graphics muscle.

Microsoft's cheaper Surface tablets would reportedly feature a 10-inch screen, which is about the same size of the standard iPad (pictured).

It has been reported that Microsoft is trying to focus on education as a selling point for its tablets. Microsoft may have decided it was time to change that; the rumored tablets would upgrade previous offerings in a big way. Sources say it will cost around $400 and will be accompanied by more affordable versions of Microsoft's official Surface keyboard cover, mouse, and stylus.

At Apple's Spring 2018 event in Chicago the company announced a new 9.7-inch iPad dubbed its "most affordable" model yet. Apple launched its first iPad Pro in 2015. In-part the report covered the coming Microsoft Windows 10 on Qualcomm 2-in-1's launching shortly in an effort to attract students for a back to school effort to make the Surface tablet closer to the iPad by using an always-on ARM Snapdragon processor. It's also possible the company might change its mind at the last moment, like it did with the aborted Surface Mini debut in 2014, and this whole rumor ends up being meaningless.

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