New Microsoft Surface Tablets Said to Launch in June

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Microsoft Surface 2 rumors

The son of Surface is coming. Or maybe sons. According to Digitimes, Microsoft is readying the next generation of Surface tablets to be unveiled at its Build event in June. The site says Microsoft will debut 7 to 9-inch devices to compete with the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire.

The Build event will also see the launch of Windows Blue, a Windows 8 update that promises several improvements, including the ability to boot straight to the desktop. Announcing new Surface tablets at the same time would help Microsoft hammer home the message that it's hardware and software teams are working closely together, a la Apple.

MORE: 8 Rumored Features of Windows Blue

So far, the Surface and Surface Pro haven't exactly set the tablet market on fire. According to IDC, Microsoft shipped 900,000 units during the first quarter, well behind both Apple's 19.5 million and Samsung's 8.8 million. Still, being No. 5 in terms of market behind ASUS and Amazon gives Microsoft something to build on. 

A low-cost tablet is critical for Microsoft to woo consumers, and Intel's CEO predicted that Windows 8 touch devices would sink to $200 last month Such a device could run Intel's upcoming quad-core Atom chip (codenamed Bay Trail). However, Microsoft opted for an ARM-powered Nvidia Tegra 3 processor last time around for the Surface with RT. It remains to be seen whether the company will stay on that path.

We wouldn't be surprised to see Microsoft launch a Surface Pro 2 at its Build event as well with Intel's new 4th Gen Core processor. The platform promises dramatically better battery life along with souped-up Iris graphics. Given that the first Surface Pro lasted just 4.5 hours on our test, the successor could use all the help it can get.

via Digitimes

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  • Sam Cooke Says:

    I can't believe that it's taken Ballmer all these years to finally pull his head out. No one is more arrogant than Apple, and if they can bow their knee to the market and produce a seven inch product, even more so can M$. Personally, I think that a 7 inch tablet running Windows will be explosive! I just can't believe that it took M$ that long to figure it out. They waited too late with search, and so Bing lives under Google's feet. They waited too long with Zune and the ipod crushed them. And their psychotically named phone hasn't exactly set the world on fire. Could it be that once again they've waited too late? If this product has a crappy processor and crappy battery life, the answer will be yes.

  • ES Says:

    I have a surface pro and I'd give it a 9/10. The typecover is crucial to that assessment. It is the best keyboard accessory I have used for a tablet. The digitizer is also nice but not necessary. The surface pro can truly replace a laptop. I used to have an iphone 5, a kindle fire HD 7", an Asus T201 10" with keyboard dock, an 11.6" Asus Vivobook (too lazy to look up number but laptop with touchscreen that ran windows 8), and a 13" Asus Zenbook UX31A. Now I pretty much only use my Galaxy Note II (replaced the iphone and the kindle) and the surface pro (replaced all the Asus stuff). I think that 95% of the people who criticize the surface online have not given it a fair test run and I think many would adopt the surface pro if they realized what it could do. It is not for casual users, though.

  • Gamer Says:

    I have Microsoft Surface RT and I rate it on 6/10.

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