Microsoft is reportedly working on a new, lower-cost Surface tablet, according to a report from Bloomberg.
The new tablet would start at $400 and have a 10-inch screen, about nine hours of battery life, and USB-C charging.
Microsoft has dabbled in more consumer-friendly tablets in the past, but has shifted focus in recent years to its pricier pro line of tablets and laptops.
Microsoft could be releasing a new competitor to the iPad as soon as this year.
According to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Dina Bass, the new tablet will have a 10-inch screen, rounded edges, and will be priced around $400.
Bloomberg reports that the tablet will also be 20% lighter than current Surface tablets, but with about nine hours of battery life, compared to the Surface Pro’s 13.5 hours. The new tablet will also have USB-C charging, which would be a first for Microsoft tablets.
Mary Jo Foley, who covers Microsoft for ZDNet, said she’s heard similar reports of a new low-cost tablet that could be announced as early as July.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has dabbled in low-cost tablets. Back in 2012, the company released the
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology