Microsoft will reportedly launch low-cost Surface tablets this summer

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Microsoft Surface RT
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A new report recently revealed that the upcoming lineup of
Microsoft’s hardware will also include several new Surface
models. The new Surface models are projected to launch in the
next couple of years, but it appears that the low-cost tablet
codenamed Surface Libra could see the daylight this summer,
according to a new report.

Codenamed Libra, the cheaper Surface features a smaller
screen and it’ll be positioned as a successor to the Surface 3.

It appears that Microsoft is still very interested in the
consumer market. Microsoft also worked on
Surface Mini, an 8-inch Windows tablet but it was cancelled
back in 2014, and the software giant started working on 2-in-1s
instead. If the reports are believed to be true, Microsoft
may bring a new 10-inch affordable Surface tablet to the market
in the summer of 2018.

The new 10-inch Surface tablets will be powered by Microsoft’s
latest Windows 10 operating system, and it would feature
rounded corners. It’ll also come with a USB-C port,
and Microsoft is also working on familiar kickstand or
keyboard as first seen on the Surface RT, and keyboard
is codenamed
Gibs.

The new 10-inch Surface tablet is said to be 20 percent lighter
than the standard Surface Pro, and it will compete with Apple
in the tablet segment. It’s worth mentioning that the next
Surface tablets will be affordable and it may have a smaller
battery given that the size of the model would be small. You
can expect four hours battery difference compared to the
Surface Pro.

Interestingly, Microsoft will be using Intel’s processor in the
rumoured 10-inch Surface device, and while the company will
stick with Intel processors, the device will support LTE
connectivity.

The device is said to come in 64GB and 128GB models, and of
course, the configurations will run Windows 10 Pro. Windows 10
S support will be offered as well.

The affordable Surface tablets will reportedly cost around
$400, and Microsoft will sell the accessories like a keyboard
and mouse separately.

Microsoft has finally realised that a 10-inch tablet is needed
to compete with Apple iPads in the education market.
Microsoft’s
Windows 10 is already popular in the education sector, and
it will soon get the much-needed push.



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