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Surface 3 to come equipped with the new Tegra K1 processor, Surface Mini in the works

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Surface 3 to come equipped with the new Tegra K1 processor, Surface Mini in the works
Famed Microsoft leaker spilled some beans on the future plans from Redmond, indicating that there will be a Surface 3 tablet in time for the holiday quarter this year, which will be powered by the newly announced Tegra K1 beast of a chipset from NVIDIA. The processor sports 192 Kepler graphics cores and a new CPU, obliterating the mobile benchmarks it was put through, with a launch scheduled to happen before July.

MSFTNerd also reveals that Microsoft is indeed working on a Surface Mini tablet, to counter the 7- and 8-inch revolution coming from Android and iOS slates. Now that Windows 8.1 support 8-inchers, a bunch of OEMs appeared with such designs, but the Surface tablets are meant to be somewhat of a trailblazer for the Windows slate world, so a mini version is only logical. Actually, the source clarifies that 2014 will be the year of mini-tablets and LTE, perhaps still referring to Microsoft's plans. Last we heard, the Surface Mini was supposed to sport a 1080p display and air gestures control.

From the other newsworthy they spilled, we have to note the nugget that Update 1 for Windows 8.1, screenshots of which already leaked, will bring InstantGo support not only for Intel's power chips, but also for its upcoming BayTrail+ for mobile devices. This would mean always-on connectivity without ravaging the battery, even in standby mode, that will get Win 8 closer to the mobile operating systems experience we have with our phones and tablets.

Surface 3 to come equipped with the new Tegra K1 processor, Surface Mini in the works
source:  MSFTNerd (Twitter) via Microsoft-news

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posted on 10 Jan 2014, 03:11 2

1. darkskoliro (Posts: 935; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Pocketnow's article on K1 was so full of sh*t, never go on that site. Go on Anand if you really want to know what the K1 offers.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 04:02

3. tech2 (Posts: 1762; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


That's a very bias site against Exynos and Nvidia

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:21 1

7. terabyteRouser (Posts: 412; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


No it's not. What are you talking about?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:35

9. tech2 (Posts: 1762; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Dude are u kidding me ? TM and Anton always bash Exynos in all their Samsung product reviews.

Taylor rejected Note 10.1 (2013) over Nexus 10 (which is a 2012 model) because of exynos SoC ! Their ENTIRE team hate Samsung products by a long shot.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 04:01

2. Finalflash (Posts: 1435; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Overall though this is going to be a pretty bad year for NV compared to their tegra 3 years, hopefully they can get a boost from MS partnerships.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 04:38

4. fireblade (Posts: 629; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Gran Turismo 5 in tablet woohoo

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 05:00

5. fireblade (Posts: 629; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Woohoo.. console quality games in tablet. Imagine if you can play something like these in a tablet:
- Forza 4 / Gran Turismo 5
- Call Of Duty
- Gears of Wars
- Bioshock
- Batman Arkham City
- Elder Scroll 5 Skyrim
- Gran Theft Auto 4

720p resolution is enough for gaming tablet for the sake of performance. I wonder why laptop with entry level GPU like Nvidia GTX 710M still sucks for gaming and power hungry too.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:03

6. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


If this goes threw you should be able to play Pc titles with no problems this is the best way to show off the tegra line smart move for MS LOL maybe future steam os tablet coming soon would love to see that..

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:21

8. terabyteRouser (Posts: 412; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I totally want a Surface tablet, but they need to step their app game up.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:43

10. HildyJ (Posts: 86; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I'm assuming the Surface 3 is actually the Surface 3 RT unless Nvidia will be making a K1 with an x86 CPU or full Windows 8.2 will run on ARM (neither of which seems likely).

The Surface Mini would be a welcome addition to the small tablet space. With Lenovo dropping Wacom in the Thinkpad 8 and Dell's Venue 8 Pro digitizer suffering from a number of problems, the Asus VivoTab Note 8 is currently the only 8" tablet that can work well in the desktop half of Windows.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:15

11. pookiewood (Posts: 551; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Ahh Temash is out? I had hopes for AMD. :(

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