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Low-cost Surface tablet is close to launch

Surface 3 tablet
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The cheaper Surface passes FCC certification

Microsoft is gearing up to release a 10-inch Surface tablet aimed at students and people on a budget. The cheaper Surface has already cleared FCC certification, so it should be announced before the end of this year. According to Bloomberg, it will offer USB-C port, slightly rounded corners, and a smaller battery compared with the current 12-inch Surface Pro. As far as the processors, the 10-inch Surface is expected to feature a variety of options – ranging from the low-cost Intel Gemini Lake, to the more powerful Pentium Gold.

Microsoft’s last 10-inch model, the Surface 3, came with the underpowered Intel Atom processors which are indeed mobile-based, so it appears that the company is now switching to real PC-class processors. Initial reports claim that the upcoming Surface will retail at $400 for its basic configuration. Would you be interested in such a device?