Microsoft tried taking on the Apple iPad once and failed miserably. A lot of brands have, including Samsung, Asus, HP, Amazon, and Sony, but none of them have ever been able to develop a device that’s truly worthy of competition. Microsoft hasn’t given up, though. According to The Verge, which sourced its information from Bloomberg, Microsoft is working on a brand-new Surface tablet that would carry a price tag of just $400. That’s $71 more than the cheapest iPad and $299 less than the current entry-level Surface Pro as of the time of this writing.
According to the report, Microsoft is completely revamping its surface line, which includes dropping the screen size from 12.3-inches to 10-inches. There’s also word of rounded corners, a lighter chassis, and it’ll even feature Intel hardware. Microsoft is also planning to offer LTE-capable models and cheaper accessories too. But, nothing in this world is free, and that’s why there’s a caveat to everything you’ve read so far. All of this lighter, cheaper, goodness comes at the cost of at least four hours of battery life. That could mean that the new, cheaper Surface will die out on you after just 8.5 hours of continuous use.
This all sounds great if you’re not a fan of Apple products but take it with a grain of salt for now. There’s absolutely zero confirmation from Microsoft, but it’s about time it has a worthy competitor for the iPad. Sure, the Surface Pro has its selling points, but with such a high entry-level cost, it’s not exactly an easy sell either. So, will a $400 Surface tablet finally put Microsoft in a position to take on Apple? Well, if there’s any merit to this report, we’ll find out soon enough.