The biggest question about these new Surface devices is why. So if Microsoft makes and sells a low-priced Surface tablet powered by Windows 10, then the manufacturers would have the confidence to invest in tablets powered by Windows 10.
The only tablets that have got a good response from the customers were Apple's iPads. Selling a cheap Surface is a unsafe game however, as it's probably unwise for Microsoft to try and undercut its partners when it comes to Windows hardware.
I had heard several weeks ago that Microsoft was indeed prototyping a new 10-inch Surface internally, but my sources had suggested said hardware would be powered by an ARM processor.
Microsoft hasn't really refreshed the design of its Surface tablets since the 2014 Surface Pro 3, so it will be interesting to see Panos Panay's team can out-innovate Apple's popular but slightly dated iPad design. The report claims that the tablet will have more rounded edges to make it easier to hold as tablets are more likely to be used in the hand rather being placed on a stand.
With 10-inch screens, the devices would be more diminutive in size than the 12-inch Surface Pro, as well as being 20 percent lighter.
We can expect it to have the Surface Pen support along with the kickstand for the ultimate productivity. The current Surface Pro can last 13.5 hours on a single charge, according to Microsoft.
The tablet will be available in 64GB and 128GB storage variants.
In March, Apple launched a new iPad model for $329 geared toward education users. Like Microsoft's other devices, it will run Windows 10 Pro. Microsoft, which hasn't finalized its plans, is expected to price the cheapest versions of the new device at about $400.
Despite the recent launch of Always Connected PCs using the Qualcomm 835 SoC and Windows 10 on ARM, these new Surface tablets will reportedly stick with Intel processors, with optional LTE connectivity.