Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 puts Teams collaboration at its core Microsoft Plans Low-Cost Tablet Line to Rival iPad Microsoft Reportedly Working on $400 Surface Tablet With Less Battery Life Microsoft might be about to release cheaper Surface tablets, but it's not because of the iPad A $400 Microsoft Surface may be on the way

Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 puts Teams collaboration at its core

Microsoft has tried this before. The current professional-oriented Surface Pro lineup starts at $799. This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. The average run-time across all seven publications came out to 9.6 hours. They are rumored to have 10-inch screens with more rounded corners than the current Surface tablets, and will weigh in around 20 percent lighter. Indeed, the Hub 2 is as niche as they come, but clearly, Microsoft sees an opportunity here.

Remember the Surface RT? Copyright © 2018 InvestorPlace Media, LLC. I had heard several weeks ago that Microsoft was indeed prototyping a new 10-inch Surface internally, but my sources had suggested at the time that said hardware would be powered by an ARM processor. They move in different circles. Windows 10 itself is hardly touch-friendly. Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Microsoft last attempted a "budget Surface" with the Atom-powered Surface 3 in May 2015, which, despite its creaking performance, was a very likeable machine.

Microsoft Plans Low-Cost Tablet Line to Rival iPad

Microsoft Corp. is planning to release a line of lower-cost Surface tablets as soon as the second half of 2018, seeking a hit in a market for cheaper devices that Apple Inc. dominates with the iPad, according to people familiar with the matter.

Knocking four hours of battery off a tablet with a 13.5 hour runtime is bad. That makes them smaller and easier for children to use. The rumored Surface "Andromeda" is the near-mythical folding phone-tablet-thing that we've been writing about for what feels like forever at this point. One of the biggest issues to solve surrounding this will be control schemes. The $499 tablet was released in 2012 as a smaller, cheaper and consumer-friendly alternative to the Surface Pro.

Bloomberg's report claims a new 10-inch Surface will be powered by Intel instead. Those circles are slowly intersecting, but Microsoft knows it still has a lot of area no iPad can venture into. Yes, it’s a marked improvement over Windows 8 and 8.1 but it still needs a lot of work. Microsoft claimed to turn its first profit on Surface in 2014, after racking up $2bn of losses, and by 2016, it was almost out of the woods.

Microsoft is also featuring an easle-like stand made by design partner Steelcase , which immediately gives off an interactive vibe you don’t get from most digital whiteboard stands. At the time, it was priced starting at $499. Like the Surface Pro, these models won’t be bundled with the company’s keyboard cover. This worked well until Intel canceled its tablet and smartphone line of Atom products and chose to limit the new Goldmont core to laptops and desktops.

Microsoft Reportedly Working on $400 Surface Tablet With Less Battery Life

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The Xbox controller's Bluetooth stack is not available on Android, but it will be available on any future Windows 10 tablet device, similarly to how it works on PC and Windows 10 Mobile. It tanked. The news agency remarks that Microsoft is hunting for a piece of Apple's iPad pie, and says that the Windows maker intends to do so with a new Intel-powered Surface tablet with a 10" screen. It seems odd that Microsoft would try so hard to push ARM on partners but opt for an Intel processor in its low-end Surface line instead.

Unfortunately, Microsoft seems to have left that aspect of the OS to rot. Amid a collapsing tablet market , and just in time, Microsoft had redefined Surface as a fancy PC. Unlike its more expensive Pro sibling, the regular Surface supported LTE. Granted, this is a promo video and the fact that Microsoft didn’t announce it at Build – or a separate event – suggests the device isn’t quite ready to be shown off publicly.

To go along with the lower-cost device, Microsoft is preparing less-expensive versions of its keyboard cover, stylus and mouse, the people said. The Surface 3 is still powerful enough to be useful as a lower-end device, but it hasn’t been refreshed since 2015 and Atom was never a bruiser. In fact, if that penalty carried over across the board, this new Surface tablet wouldn’t even break the three hour mark in Hot Hardware’s battery run test.

Since the Surface Hub 2 runs on WCOS/CShell, in a sense, it's offering the first glimpse at a Windows built specifically with multi-display use-cases in mind, such as the folding phone. If you don't fancy taking your controller with you, however, perhaps Microsoft could leverage the second display to create a type of virtual software gamepad. After the Surface RT debacle came the Surface 2 and Surface 3.

Microsoft might be about to release cheaper Surface tablets, but it's not because of the iPad

According to a report from Bloomberg's ever-reputable Mark Gurman, Microsoft is planning to release new low-cost Surface tablets in the second half of this year.

Mary-Jo Foley reports that Microsoft may opt for an Intel M-based chip, which would be much preferred over an Intel ATOM one. Redmond has seen its presence in schools and educational institutions reduced to almost nothing, both in hardware and in software. Does it matter, you might ask. It was Bruce Willis walking away from an exploding building, chewing gum, not looking back. But it threatened to cannibalise the Pro range, putting the great hardware experiment in peril.

The tablets are expected to be about 20 percent lighter than the high-end models, but will have around four hours fewer of battery life. The current keyboard cover costs an extra $160, while the new keyboard will be priced a bit lower, they said. A new model would be welcome. There’s no word on screen aspect ratios (3:2 seems likely), the Intel CPU used (likely a Core M derivative), or whether the systems will include a fan.

Of course, you can use multi-monitors with Windows 10 today, but it's not always seamless, nor is it designed with apps in mind, to leverage all of those displays simultaneously. There are probably dozens of other interesting use cases the folding aspect of Andromeda could have to add to its uniqueness. The first is those resurgent iPad sales. As Bloomberg itself notes, the new Surface is a perfect fit for the education market.

A $400 Microsoft Surface may be on the way

More expensive boutique products followed from the House of Shiny Hardware. Microsoft doesn't have to abandon hardware. Given how aesthetically pleasing the Surface Hub 2 is and its minimal frame, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it show up in spaces other than a conference room. The current Surface Pro can last 13.5 hours on a single charge, according to Microsoft. The company is planning multiple models, including versions with 64 gigabytes and 128 gigabytes of storage and models that can connect to LTE cellular networks, according to the people.

Hopefully the battery life report is simply wrong. According to a new report from Bloomberg , Microsoft is eyeing the end of the year to release a $400 version of the Surface designed to compete more directly with Apple’s ubiquitous tablet. Naturally, any folding device from Microsoft would likely be aimed at prosumers first, who don't rely on all the hip and cool social apps that will likely never hit PWA or UWP.

In Q3 2017, Apple marked the first quarterly uptick in iPad sales since 2014 . Further features of the rumored hardware include optional LTE support and the classic Surface kickstand. Of course, you won't want to buy this device to do things like video editing of gaming. From a practicality point of view, that’s pretty reasonable. That may be true, but Microsoft will also be going up against Chromebooks and its new Surface will have little to offer over these dedicated typing machines.

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Peter Wootton, a spokesman for Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, declined to comment. It will continue to have the kickstand for upright typing and watching video. The report said the new devices will have 10-inch screens (roughly equivalent to Surface 3), offer USB-C support (a first for Microsoft), and unfortunately, will trade weight for battery life. This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links.

Don't expect your folding Surface to ever get Snapchat, and at this time, it's unlikely classic Windows Phone apps like WhatsApp will arrive either. This has led to a string of quarterly gains. With its latest iPad model in the mix, revenue for the division was up 6% again in the latest quarter . Bloomberg says that Microsoft is preparing cheaper versions of its type cover, stylus, and Surface-branded mouse to go along with the new tablet.

In a bigger picture point of view, it is a big mistake that could backfire and leave a bad first impression of this new market. The iPad does better and has a better touch UI too. A cloth-covered MacBook Air clone, the Surface Laptop . Britain to slash F-35 orders? Wanna make animations, but don’t have art or coding training? Microsoft has struggled to find a high-volume hit with the Surface devices as well as to introduce a flow of new choices to keep growth steady.

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Microsoft will take another crack at the iPad with a new Surface tablet aimed at the consumer market, but a misstep could be a real drag on Microsoft stock.

Privacy Policy . The new device is said to sport a 10-inch screen, putting it in direct competition with Apple’s lower-priced iPad. Perhaps after the event, you find a desk and want to convert some handwritten notes and add more context in Word. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) is preparing to to take another crack at the iPad’s core consumer market by releasing a new$400 Surface tablet later this year.

Flat, chronological No threading. A $400 Surface might draw in new audiences that previously weren't interested due to the high-price of Surface products usually. The new Surface tablets are supposed to be thinner and smaller, but Intel can only do so much before heat becomes a dangerous problem. Battery life is going to be even more important, whether the Surface is marketed as a tool for school or for personal use.

Hawaii Live-Go! Prefer to get the news as it happens? In the fiscal year that ended last June, Surface revenue declined 2 percent as the company faced lower volume sales owing to an aging Surface Pro line. Since 2015, Apple has rapidly added new productivity tools to the iPads, taking on Microsoft features like integration with digital drawing pens and using multiple apps at the same time. The Surface Pro with a Core i7 weighs in at 784 grams / 1.728 pounds, which would put the new Surface 4 (hypothetical name only) at around 653 grams / 1.44 pounds.

Rumor: Microsoft is raring to release a low-cost Surface tablet

Microsoft has built its Surface hardware line into a successful, billion dollar business that contributes meaningfully to the company’s bottom line. With Surface sales up in a meaningful way, Microsoft may be feeling that consumers are buying into its hardware plans. Flat, reverse-chronological No threading. What are your thoughts on this? It should be no wonder that very few Intel-based tablets are as thin as an iPad.

Most could be described as "lavishly over-engineered and ludicrously expensive" (as we did here ) – but El Reg praised Microsoft's attempts to raise quality and expectations for PCs. The Register - Independent news and views for the tech community. Got two minutes to spare? Revenue rose 32 percent in the most recent quarter, indicating new interest in Microsoft’s hardware. The company is planning on releasing a revamped iPad Pro this year with iPhone X features such as facial recognition, Bloomberg News reported last year.

According to a report from  Bloomberg ‘s ever-reputable Mark Gurman , Microsoft is planning to release new low-cost Surface tablets in the second half of this year. And this being Microsoft, there are expected to be multiple SKUs. There are even more possibilities when you throw in (likely) Bluetooth capabilities. The key product in that lineup and the one that started it all is the Surface Pro tablet.

Microsoft is reportedly working on new budget Surface tablet with Windows 10

Microsoft may be working on a new 10-inch Surface tablet, powered by Intel, that'll be priced at $400 and launching in the second half of this year.

The Internet is abuzz with rumors of a $400 Surface 2-in-1 tablet in the works. That’s not yet even talking about battery life, which may last less than 8 hours given the tablet’s expected size. A smaller size means a smaller battery and Intel’s chips aren’t exactly known for sipping juice. Surface has helped polish Microsoft's brand, as a stylish and useful tool for creatives and entrepreneurs, for architects, engineers, and designers.

Apple sold about 44 million iPads that generated almost $20 billion in revenue during the past four quarters. Microsoft last released a device in the lower-cost category in 2015 with the Surface 3, which started at $499 and featured a 10.8-inch screen. Microsoft claims 13.5 hours of endurance for the Surface Pro. Bloomberg  says that the reason this is happening is because earlier this year, Apple released a new lower-cost iPad with an emphasis on education.

This isn't far removed from simply snapping apps on a laptop, of course. A report in Bloomberg says that Microsoft is going to release a new Surface tablet in the second half of this year that’s aimed at the consumer market. Despite stronger iPad sales and the growth in Surface division revenue, the new Surface tablet is still a risky proposition. Copyright ©1999-2018 The Tech Report. Microsoft’s premium portable computers have been positively received save for the price tag that very few could afford.

Cheaper Microsoft Surface tablet: what it needs to succeed

The Internet is abuzz with rumors of a $400 Surface 2-in-1 tablet in the works. Microsoft's premium portable computers have been positively received save for the price tag that very few could afford. This sudden change in direction was reportedly prompted by the tablet renaissance ushered in by the 6th gen iPad.

Odd timing aside, the thing looks gorgeous. Microsoft’s entire Surface hardware business produced $4.4 billion for the same period. The company stopped making it at the end of 2016. I checked the reality of that battery estimate by scanning reviews from Digital Trends, CNET, Techradar, Wired, Hot Hardware, PCMag, and Engadget. According to numbers from  Futuresource Consulting , Chromebooks made up 60% of all devices shipped to schools last year, up a little from 2016.

The difference being Andromeda could be something small enough to fold and slip into your pocket, while large enough to be truly productive in short bursts. It will be smaller and lighter than the Surface Pro, with a 10-inch display and rounded edges. A Windows tablet is not the same as an iPad when it comes to casual use. Microsoft's non-pro line of Surface tablets hasn't been updated with newer models since 2014, when the Surface 3 launched with an Intel ATOM processor and Windows 8.1.

Forget it. Unlike the Windows 10 S laptops, there is a large one. Overheating hardware boss Panos Pinay reacted gracelessly – calling it " tabloid rumour of the week " – and yes, I think he meant us . Granted, Microsoft’s Surface promos have been killin’ it for a few years now, but I’ll be darned if I don’t want one of those things for my own home now. According to market researcher IDC, Microsoft sold almost 725,000 tablets in the first quarter of 2018, up 1.8 percent from a year earlier.

Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

Microsoft was in second place with 26% of devices shipped running Windows, while Apple lost ground last year, dropping to just 11% iOS devices, down nearly 4% from the year before. The Surface Hub 2 is a boardroom display on steroids. Sure, it's unlikely we'll ever see Snapchat on this thing (if indeed, this thing exists), but that doesn't mean you wouldn't be able to have fun on it. It would continue to use an Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) CPU and run Windows 10.

The report claims the new tablet will be priced around $400 to compete with the iPad, and will also feature softer corners, again similar to the design of the current iPad. Windows tablets, however, are nothing new and some of them are even as cheap as an iPad. Microsoft’s first official Windows 10 on ARM venture turned out to be a big flop, but it would have been foolish to expect it to be perfect from day one.

How cool is that? If you haven’t watched the video, the Hub’s key trick is its ability to rotate 90 degrees, a dynamic form factor in classic Surface fashion. That compares with 9.1 million iPads sold in the same period. China Will ‘Significantly’ Boost U.S. Even so, the differences were huge. Basically, Apple is not a player in the education market. It features rotational capabilities, inking, seamless integration with multiple Hubs and other Surface products, and can offer full-body Skype conversations as if you were in the same room.

Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 makes the office of the future actually look fun

Financial Market Data powered by FinancialContent Services, Inc. What's interesting here is the report claims these tablets will ship with Intel processors, and not an ARM chip as so many assumed Microsoft would opt for in a new non-pro Surface device. Very few, if any at all, succeeded and Microsoft risks ruining its chances in this arguably promising market. Whether Microsoft goes with Intel or ARM, however, it still has to address something on its software stack.

Steve Sinofsky (and skateboard) at the Surface RT launch in 2012. The 50.5-inch panel now features a 4K+ display flanked by tiny bezels. In March, Apple launched a new iPad model for $329 geared toward education users. Terms of Service Trademarks Privacy Policy ©2018 Bloomberg L.P. Hot Hardware measured a runtime of just 6.6 hours, while PCMag squeezed out nearly 14 hours in their video test. The new Surface tablets definitely sound like they’ll fit in well in an education environment.

The hinge creates interesting scenarios for gaming, too. Microsoft has played the cheaper Surface card multiple times in the past, with little success. All rights reserved. Of course, along with a new Surface come updated accessories, and the updated 10-inch form factor will see updates to the Surface keyboards, stylus, and mouse at this size. Microsoft has never really been that scared of the iPad.