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Microsoft planning to launch $400 Surface tablet as the gadget lands at FCC for certification

The device will run Windows 10 Pro out of the box along with Qualcomm manufactured Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules ruling out an ARM-based CPU.

  • Published: July 4, 2018 3:42 PM IST
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Software and services giant Microsoft seems to be planning to launch a new cheaper Surface-branded tablet in the market. The reason we know about the upcoming device is that it passed through the FCC certification this week and it was spotted by German website Winfuture.de. According to the report by the publication, the device will come with a low-powered 24-wall charger and 7.66 volts battery when compared to the original Surface Pro lineup of tablets that comes with 36-watt charger and 7.5 volts battery. The device comes with “Model 1924” as the identification marker.

The device will run Windows 10 Pro out of the box along with Qualcomm manufactured Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules ruling out an ARM-based CPU. It is likely that the company will continue to use Intel chips for the upcoming tablet. This report comes in line with previous reports about Microsoft planning to launch a 10-inch Surface tablet along with USB Type-C charging port. The report also indicated that the company is planning LTE versions of the cheaper tablet and the integrated radio in the SoC could be used for connectivity.

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According to a report by The Verge, Microsoft may also be planning to launch cheaper keyboard covers, mouse, and a stylus to go with the tablet. We believe that this is likely to be in response to the cheaper device iPad that Apple launched back in March this year. This device is likely to appeal to students and customers who are not willing to shell out money to buy the more powerful and expensive device.

This is not the first time that Microsoft has worked on a smaller, cheaper version of the Surface. It was planning to launch a smaller Surface tablet along with the launch of Surface Pro 3 but ended up canceling the launch of the even right before the launch event. Microsoft has not issued any official statement at the time of writing but that is nothing out of ordinary.

  • Published Date: July 4, 2018 3:42 PM IST