Microsoft's $400 Apple iPad challenger visits the FCC and is closer to getting unveiled

Microsoft's $400 Apple iPad challenger visits the FCC and is closer to getting unveiled
Back in May, we told you that Microsoft was planning a line of lower priced Surface tablets to compete with the Apple iPad. These slates would be priced in the area of $400 compared to the $329 that Apple asks for its sixth-generation iPad. Today, the first of the new Surface tablets has been spotted at the FCC. As usual, the agency is pretty tight lipped when it comes to revealing specs, but the documentation does list a model number of 1824.

Previous reports suggested that the new Surface tablet would sport a 10-inch screen with a rounded corner, and be equipped with an Intel processor. The battery reportedly will allow for 9.5 hours of usage between charges. And while earlier rumors said that the $400 Surface tablet would feature a Type-C USB port, the FCC says that the slate will use the proprietary 24W Surface Connect adapter used on the Surface Pro 4. The fifth-gen Surface Pro happens to employ a more powerful 36W Surface Connect charger, which would seem to second the notion that the tablet that visited the FCC is Microsoft's iPad challenger. Speaking of Surface Pro, the cheaper Surface tablet will run the same Windows 10 Pro OS used by Microsoft's higher priced slabs.

While we know that the price of this tablet will be around $400, we don't when the device will be available. However, Microsoft can now cross the required FCC visit off the list, thus bringing Microsoft's iPad challenger closer to getting officially announced.

source: FCC via WinFuture (translated)



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Its battery life won't be anywhere near close to The iPad's, trust me! And neither it'll have smooth, fluid animations and gestures introduced in iOS 11. For casual internet surfing and media consumption; there's virtually ZERO competition to The iPad and this hyped upcoming Windows Tab won't change things dramatically for Apple, if at all. But of course; it'll be far more flexible than even the iPad Pro and I'm sure it'll be able to dual-boot Android via Project x86. Oh well, G'Day!

2. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1473; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Considering just about everyone still uses Windows, whether at home, work or school, it's not a bad move. I doubt it's also aimed at competing with the iPad based on internet surfing or media consumption. It's more than likely aimed at more productive purposes that the iPad still doesn't really cater too. Most iPads are still being used for one purpose, keeping the kids occupied, so mommy and daddy don't have to constantly keep an eye on them. It'll likely contend more with Chrome OS devices, that are ever on the rise.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I doubt that Chrome OS is going to become the 'next big thing' in the world of operating systems! It's been around for quite a while now and has yet to gain any traction; let alone momentum! And Apple pretty much sealed its fate with those bloody $320 iPads! But of course; I've been wrong before... Countless times, to be precise! G'Day!

8. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

You comparing full OS with mobile OS. Functionality and customization of Windows 10 is incomparable with limited iOS. You can install any browser you want on windows and remove the stupid animation that only tired your eyes. Yes, windows 10 is far from perfect when you install it, but with 30min. customization you can make it stable and smooth.

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Microsoft needs to make their Pen better. Even the Surface Pro (5 ?) brings worse handwriting than the $329 iPad. Same story when comparing to Samsung Galaxy Tab A10.1 running Android and when comparing to some $700 Samsung tablet running Windows I tried out at Best Buy. Idk why the Surface Pen is so bad with handwriting.

5. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

I had the SP4 and ended up selling it because the pen is just rubbish for handwriting. SP2 was great, SP4 crap. I ought a HP X2 1012 instead which is far better.

6. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

We need a cheaper windows Pro tablets. Very useful for using in work shop floor as can connect to network but only if under £450

7. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I’m not really caught up on Microsoft jargon like what they call “Surface” products, but, would this support any applications that run on PC (.exe) or does it only run apps from their dedicated App Store? If the latter, I think it wouldn’t take off as a competitor to the iPad considering the App Store.

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