Microsoft Reportedly Prepping Budget Surface Tablet To Counter $329 iPad

Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablet

Companies like Apple and Amazon have opted to capture the low-end t0 mid-range segments of the market, while Microsoft went all in with the Surface line that could end up costing you over $3,100 depending on the configuration.

MICROSOFT IS REPORTEDLY gearing up to launch a new line of smaller, cheaper Surface devices as part of a renewed effort to take on Apple's iPad.

The report further highlights that the new tablets could retail around $400 and will include USB Type-C connectivity, which would a first for Surface tablets. A smaller battery will also help the device achieve a lighter footprint with a 20% lesser weight as compared to iPad Pro. While we have mentioned above that these Surface tablets might feature SoCs from Qualcomm, Bloomberg reports that Intel is going to be the main supplier, but there were no details concerning which chips are going to be present in them. "The Surface Hub 2 is a 50.5", 4K+ Windows 10 tablet that offers a wall or stand mounted design that facilitates teleconferencing, remote meetings, and digital whiteboarding without sacrificing aesthetics. This is Microsoft's second attempt to bring out less pricey tablets.

Peter Wootton, a spokesman for Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, declined to comment.

Fans of the Surface kickstand will be happy to hear that the feature will be sticking around with the cheaper surface tablet as well - although we won't see the new models shipping with a keyboard or stylus in the box.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro (its most recent, fifth-generation device) with an Intel Core m3, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD, now sells for $799.

Apple has seen some renewed interest in its iPad family of tablets over the past year.

The current professional-oriented Surface Pro lineup starts at $799.

The 2015 Surface 13 is Microsoft's last 10-inch Surface model. For reference, iPad features a 9.7-inch display while iPad Pro is available in two screen variants with a 10.5-inch screen and a larger 12.9-inch screen.

The Surface line of laptops and 2-in-1s has been improved upon and bolstered by new models many times in recent years, leading to such fantastic offerings as the Surface Pro and the Surface Book 2.

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