Microsoft sticks with NVIDIA Tegra for 2-gen Surface RT tablet
Microsoft has chosen to stick with NVIDIA as main SoC provider for its next-gen Surface RT tablet. That has been confirmed by the chip maker's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, during a recent interview. "We're working really hard on it, and we hope that it's going to be a big success", he said, while speaking with CNET.
So in other words, we're now expecting a Microsoft Surface RT 2 slate powered by a quad-core Tegra 4 chip to be announced in the near future even though a Snapdragon SoC was initially thought to have been chosen for the tablet. This, however, doesn't necessarily mean that Qualcomm is not in play. Word on the street has it that Microsoft is preparing multiple Surface RT variants, including a model with a screen of 7 or so inches. Who knows, that smaller Surface RT slate might still get a Snapdragon SoC under its hood, but that's just us speculating.
This news comes only weeks after Microsoft announced a $900 million loss due to poor sales of its Windows RT-based tablet. Other manufacturers have already confirmed that they won't be bothering with producing any further Windows RT hardware. Microsoft, on the other hand, remains committed to Windows RT.