A Surface at 400 dollars for this end of the year? In any case, this is what Bloomberg reports. According to US media sources, Microsoft was currently working on the design of a new tablet from its home range. Main characteristics of this future terminal, a price flush with the daisies and a smaller format than the models currently offered.
Through this supposed project, Microsoft would have in mind to come to compete with Apple in the sector of affordable slates. A market that the Cupertino giant has invested recently through its latest iPad, designed for the world of education and sold from 359 euros. This is a specific environment that Microsoft had already tried to infiltrate with its Surface Laptop , in particular, but with varying degrees of success. Will this new attempt by the Redmond firm be the right one? If we are to believe Bloomberg, we would only have a few months to wait to find out …
The site indicates that Microsoft is planning to launch this famous “low-cost” Surface during the second half of this year 2018, without giving us more details. If this famous tablet is very topical, it's a safe bet that we will hear about it through official channels before the end of the year holidays.
A 10-inch diagonal and an Intel chip under the hood
Still according to the information gleaned by Bloomberg, Microsoft would bet – to plan production costs – on a compact format and an inexpensive processor. In this case, the brand would have counted on a diagonal of 10 inches and a signed Intel chip. No wonder that since all the Surface-stamped devices are powered by CPUs coming straight from the Santa Clara foundry. It remains to be seen which processor we are talking about. A Pentium, perhaps, the Core M3s probably being a little too expensive to equip a low-cost device.
We also learn that this new Surface would be 20% lighter than a Surface Pro (for a weight of about 600 grams) and that it would have an autonomy of more or less 9 hours. Which is honest.
The device would also benefit from a USB Type-C port as a connection (probably with a jack output, as on other devices signed Microsoft), would be available in two versions (64 and 128 GB) and would have '' Wi-Fi / LTE connectivity. Finally, Microsoft would also offer more affordable accessories to accompany its future tablet at a low price.
As a reminder, with the Surface RT, Surface 2 and Surface 3, the firm had already marketed devices at reasonable prices in the past … for a mixed record.