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

Doris Richards
May 16, 2018

There are a lot of low cost and premium tablets from manufacturers which are powered by Android but you couldn't be productive with Android tablets. Microsoft's Surface hardware business had sales of $4.4B in the same period.

This is the reason why we are not seeing any manufacturers daring enough to sell low-priced Windows tablets.

The biggest question about these new Surface devices is why. Why is Microsoft trying again, after its failure and subsequent $900 million write-down with Surface RT devices, to attack the low-end PC/tablet market? Selling a cheap Surface is a unsafe game however, as it's probably unwise for Microsoft to try and undercut its partners when it comes to Windows hardware. It was the flawless 2-in-1 device.

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


The good news is that Microsoft is finally planning to launch low-priced Windows 10 tablets under the Surface brand. Bloomberg's report claims a new 10-inch Surface will be powered by Intel instead. It will also have a USB-C port for charging and data transfer and that's it; there will not be any other ports because tablets are more like smartphones and not laptops.

With 10-inch screens, the devices would be more diminutive in size than the 12-inch Surface Pro, as well as being 20 percent lighter. I assume there's a reason behind going with Intel, however. The products are expected to debut later this year. I've heard conflicting things as to whether Microsoft plans to brand these as Surface Pro devices or use another new Surface brand.

The company is planning multiple models, including versions with 64 gigabytes and 128 gigabytes of storage and models that can connect to LTE cellular networks, according to the people. Microsoft is said to be planning 64GB and 128GB models, and all configurations will run Windows 10 Pro.

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