Cheaper, lighter Microsoft Surface tablets may be coming this year

Cheaper, lighter Microsoft Surface tablets may be coming this year

Microsoft is said to be working on a more budget friendly line of Surface tablets; readying them for a release in the second half of this year.

Microsoft's new devices are expected to boast 10-inch screens, roughly the same size as the standard iPad and smaller than the 12-inch screens on the Surface Pro range. Unlike the existing Surface Pro tablets, this one will come with rounded edges just like the iPad Pro devices.

Bloomberg's sources say that Intel will be providing both the processor and graphics chips, and indicate that the Surface will be 20 percent lighter than its big brother.

Unfortunately, like Microsoft's higher-end Surface devices, the new models won't ship with a keyboard or stylus in the box. Unlike the current Surface portables, it will have USB-C ports for external connectivity and charging.

It goes without saying that Microsoft's second attempt to turn its low-priced tablets into a reality will be observed with much scrutiny.

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The report doesn't specify which operating system Microsoft will choose to power the tablet.

Microsoft tried to do this before when it released the $499 Surface RT tablet in 2012.

The new tablets will continue to have the kickstand for upright typing and watching video, and will run Windows 10 Pro. Microsoft needs to make sure its customers can run the Windows app they're used to running. "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. Microsoft fans have been waiting for more news about their Surface 4 replacement but we have not heard anything yet.

According to Bloomberg it'll on have only four hours of battery life. The Surface Pro now sells for A$1199 (US$799).

If Microsoft is trying to crawl out of the grave this fall and finally get on IDC's tablet charts for the first time in its history, surely Microsoft must have much more up its sleeve to shake up the market.

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