Microsoft reportedly planning low-priced Surface tablets to compete with iPad

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Prices will start at $400, with different storage for various models ranging from 64GB to 128GB. In 2017, the company launched a "new" 9.7-inch iPad priced at $329 and followed up this year by incorporating an A10 processor and support for the Apple Pencil. On top of being more affordable, the publication's sources said the new devices will also significantly differ in design. The new tablets will also supposedly be the first Surface devices to sport USB Type-C port, and those universal connectors will be used for charging instead of the proprietary Surface Pro power connector.

It has been reported that Microsoft is trying to focus on education as a selling point for its tablets.

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Apple reportedly sold 44 million iPads in the past four quarters, notching US$20 billion. According to market researcher IDC, Microsoft sold nearly 725,000 tablets in the first quarter of 2018, up 1.8 percent from a year earlier, whereas Apple sold 9.1 million iPads in the same period. Anyway, it's seems likely that the Redmond giant could hold a special event to introduce these new Surface tablets later this year, maybe with some updates for other Surface products along the way. However, the device didn't receive good response from the consumers and reviewers, forcing the brand to close the production of the Surface RT. The Surface Pro now sells for A$1199 (US$799). However, Mircosoft is said to be working on newer and less expensive versions. At the moment, the cheapest keyboard cover on the Microsoft store is $129.99 and the Surface Pen is $99.99. Microsoft is planning multiple models, including versions with 64 and 128 GB and models that can connect to LTE networks.

Video conferencing is also a relevant feature with the new business Skype, which allows you to write notes on screen in addition to voice and video.

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However, this isn't the first time we've seen a cheaper Surface tablet hit the market, with models like the Surface RT, Surface 2, and Surface 3 models - but the lineup was never able to achieve the same success as the main Surface Pro line. The device came with a 10.8-inch display and the company stopped its production in at the end of 2016.

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