Microsoft's ultra-affordable surface will rival the new 9.7-inch iPad

M icrosoft is expected to develop a new series of low-cost surface devices in order to compete with Apple's iPad.

inches inches and USB-C ports, sources familiar with the plan says Bloomberg .

The edges of the tablet are supposed to be rounded, closer to the shape of an iPad than the current surface devices. More so, they will be sold at an affordable price in the territory of the entry-level iPad at around $ 400.

They are also about 20% lighter than current Surface Pro models, but their life will be reduced by four hours. 19659002] Low-cost surface devices will be available in different storage cfiguratis, including 64 and 128 GB models, with some LTE cnectivity variants.

Entry-level Surface devices will not come with a keyboard cover, but Microsoft is csidering cheaper variants of its current surface accessories – including the aforementied covers, as well as styli and mice .

This is a strategy that Microsoft has already tried, Bloomberg . In 2012, the original Surface RT was sold for $ 499, but failed to find an echo amg customers. In respse, Microsoft changed its tablet strategy to include professial-grade devices – which, in turn, ctributed to the demand for professial iPad devices. Apple launched its first iPad Pro in 2015.

Current Surface Pro devices start at $ 799. But, as noted Bloomberg the Surface Range of Microsoft has not yet …

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