An anonymous insider source has revealed that Microsoft's Surface tablet – an own-brand tab running a special mobile version of Windows 8 – will hit stores at the end of October with a price tag of under $200 (£128).
If true, that means Microsoft is going head-to-head with the likes of the Nexus 7 by Asus, Google's excellent Android Jelly Bean tablet that packs a quad-core processor and costs just £160. It'll be another victory for consumers who are looking for affordable tablets that won't fall to bits in seconds, and also give people a chance to check out the new Windows OS without splashing out a fortune. And if Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet hits pre-Christmas with a similar slimline price tag, this Christmas could see a real battle between the budget tabs. Fight!
The Microsoft Surface tablet is due out on 26 October, if rumours are to be believed. We'll bring you a full review soon.