Microsoft's Ultra-Affordable Surface Will Rival the New 9.7-inch iPad

The firm has revealed a giant 50.5inch touchscreen called the Surface Hub 2 which it says is designed to replace a whiteboard. Four of the massive screens can even be linked together

Bloomberg: Microsoft plans lower-cost Surface tablets to battle Apple

"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.

If not, we'll just keep laughing at Microsoft's Surface team who can't get any traction with their hardware against Apple's line-up no matter how excited Microsoft's Panos Panay gets or that he wears that Moses himself makes their tablets on Mount Sinai.

It has been reported that Microsoft is trying to focus on education as a selling point for its tablets. Revenue rose 32 percent in the most recent quarter, indicating new interest in Microsoft's hardware. 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 almost 4% from the year before.

Microsoft may be planning to go head-to-head with Apple in the tablet market. That compares with 9.1 million iPads sold in the same period.

The screen can also easily be rotated between portrait and landscape depending on the content being viewed

The devices should create additional competition for Apple Inc.'s base iPad editions, which start at $329. Currently, the Surface Pro can last 13.5 hours on a single charge. Like the Surface Pro, these models won't be bundled with the company's keyboard cover. The current keyboard cover costs an extra $160, while the new keyboard will be priced a bit lower, they said.

One version of the upcoming Surface will have 64gb storage, while another model will have 128gb worth of storage, Bloomberg said. The tablet will still have a kickstand and will run Windows 10 Pro. The idea is to hit a market dominated so far by Apple and its iPads, the sources added.

A revamped version would mark the first time the iPad's appearance has been redesigned since the first iPad Pro debuted in 2015.

The Surface lineup of devices has seen multiple changes since the first Surface came out in 2012. It's also possible the company might change its mind at the last moment, like it did with the aborted Surface Mini debut in 2014, and this whole rumor ends up being meaningless.

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