It was reported earlier this year that Microsoft is working on a cheaper Surface-branded tablet to properly compete against the iPad. The tablet is expected to cost around $400. It appears that the cheaper Surface tablet may be launched soon as it has now gained its FCC certification.

As is the case with FCC listings, not a lot of hardware details have actually been revealed but it does mention a low-powered charger which is presumably meant for the smaller Surface device.

The full technical specs of this device haven’t surfaced so far but it’s believed to be powered by Intel processors with a full version of Windows 10. Microsoft may also released an LTE variant of the tablet to appeal to customers who want cellular data connectivity on the go.

Reports have also suggested that the company will launch a cheaper keyboard, mouse, and stylus to go along with this new Surface tablet. It may be a compelling option particularly for students who want the full Windows 10 experience on a tablet but don’t want to spend too much money on the larger and more powerful Surface tablet.

Microsoft is yet to confirm if it’s even working on this device, let alone confirm when it’s going to be out. Looks like we may have to wait for a bit before the company says something on the matter.

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