Microsoft’s affordable Surface device is reportedly codenamed Lex

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A report last month revealed that
Microsoft is working on affordable Surface devices with Windows
10 and Intel processor. The affordable Surface devices from
Microsoft would compete against Apple in the tablet market, and
it could be the company’s alternative to affordable standard
iPads.

We already know that Microsoft’s affordable Surface tablet will
target Apple iPads in the tablet market, and now a new
report provides us with a closer look at the device.

Today, Microsoft enthusiast Walking Cat discovered that
the affordable Surface device is internally codenamed Lex, and
Microsoft is also working on a type-cover codenamed, Gibs.
As Bloomberg reported last month, the device would be
smaller than the existing Surface Pro and it will boast a
10-inch screen.

It appears that the Surface L/Lex will feature LTE connectivity
and USB-C for fast charging/data transfer.

It’s pretty clear that Redmond-based tech giant is still
working on such a device. The report published last month also
revealed that the affordable Surface will feature rounded
corners instead of the current rectangular
design. Microsoft is expected to retain the advanced
software capabilities and it’ll run Windows 10 Pro by default.
Of course, you’ll be able to enable S mode.

The affordable Windows 10 device will be 20 percent
lighter than the existing Surface Pro, but it’ll offer 4 hours
fewer of battery life as Microsoft is making the battery
smaller to reduce the weight and bring it in-line with
lightweight cheaper iPads.

Microsoft’s upcoming affordable Surface laptop will use
an Intel chip, and Microsoft won’t embrace the Qualcomm
Snapdragon processor. As noted above, the USB-C will finally be
offered for charging.

Microsoft is also developing accessories for the device. The
keyboard cover is codenamed Gibs, and the company might also
unveil a stylus, the exact model isn’t yet known.

Aimed at the education market

A report from German site last month revealed that Microsoft’s
affordable
Surface tablet is aimed at the education market. Microsoft
wants to use the low-cost Surface primarily to target the
education market, and it’ll also complete with Chromebook in
the segment.

Microsoft’s new Surface model will be priced around $400, and
it might see the daylight later this year.



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