Microsoft Reportedly Planning Three New Surface Tablets
Microsoft might be planning as many as three new Surface tablets for release next year. Apparently, these three new Surface tablets include follow ups to Surface RT and Surface Pro, along with a new device called Surface Book.
This information comes from Twitter user @MS_Nerd (protected account), who says that Microsoft could launch all three of these devices as early as next year. Details are pretty slim, but we hear that Surface 2 comes equipped with a 8.6-inch screen and is powered by a Qualcomm processor. Surface Pro 2 can reportedly boast an 11.6-inch display and an AMD Temash processor, while Surface Book is outfitted with a 14.6-inch screen and an Intel Haswell processor, leading some to believe that it could be a convertible notebook/tablet.
Digital Trends points out that the Haswell and Temash chips aren't scheduled to launch until later next year, so these new devices would almost certainly launch in late 2013 if Microsoft is indeed plotting to release them next year. The fact that Microsoft is planning follow ups to Surface RT and Surface Pro is no surprise, but it's important to remember that Surface Pro doesn't even have a solid release date yet — just "sometime in January 2013". With that in mind, it's probably a good to remain on the skeptical side with these rumors.
Just as well, Microsoft cut Surface orders in half due to underwhelming demand, so whether or not these projects actually get off the ground could depend on how well Surface Pro does when it's released next year.
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