Friday, November 30th, 2012
The Microsoft Surface RT is barely in the hands of some people, while the Surface Pro isn’t even out yet and here we are, hearing early rumors for the successors of Microsoft’s flagship tablets.
The rumor comes from MS_Nerd, a reliable Microsoft leaker. He indicates in his tweet that Microsoft is already preparing three tablets for next year, namely the Surface RT 2, the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface Book.
The RT 2 is rumored to feature a smaller 8.6″ display with a Qualcomm CPU. It seems that Microsoft will be trying to compete with both the 7-inchers and the 10-inchers.
The Surface Pro 2 will feature a larger 11.6-inch display and the upcoming AMD “Temash” APU, the successor to the Hondo. We have yet to see the prowess of the chipset as the Hondo isn’t even widespread yet.
The third one in the rumor mill is the “Surface Book”. We have no idea how this will eventually turn out to be as the current Surface is already cumbersome to hold; the Surface Book will have a 14.6-inch display and Intel’s upcoming “Haswell” CPU.
We can get the impression that the RT will be targeted at the smaller tablets while the Pro will be targeted on the larger ones. On the other hand, the Surface Book will be like Microsoft’s flagship notebook, since 14.6-inches will be impossibly mobile, especially with heavy specs.
Anyway, these are all expected to be released mid-2013. Take the details as a pinch of salt; they are rumors after all.
It looks like Microsoft has a lot of things under their sleeves. We already have rumors on Windows Blue, a Project Glass competitor and some other stuff, so it won’t be surprising if Microsoft really is investing a lot for this year.
Note: Images above are YugaTech renders.