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Microsoft sticks with NVIDIA Tegra for 2-gen Surface RT tablet

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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

via CNET

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posted on 08 Aug 2013, 22:59 4

1. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Whhaat are you kidding me? nVidia must be giving them a deal they can't refuse or something.

The Surface RT already has a negative reputation that it will have to recover from, but they still decided to stick with the unpopular Tegra chips known for uncompetitive energy efficiency and excessive heat problems?

Well, I guess nVidia had to stick their chip in at least one well-known device before their stock tanks due to their unfruitful Tegra efforts. I guess the bullied need to stick together.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 01:29

6. DKJnr (Posts: 24; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

I totally agree with you. Even in phones, have always prefered Snapdragon. I was expecting a Snapdragon 800 version and truthfully was beginning to consider Win RT. Now, will wait again for something else. Hopefully they will actually release multiple verisons with different processors.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 09:30

8. omar98 (Posts: 71; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)

Actually I Have a LG Nexus 4 And A LG optimus 4X HD .. I can tell you that the S4 Pro Heats as much as the tegra 3 Although more power efficient

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 12:17

11. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

It's more and LG issue. My L9 heats up quite bad itself.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 23:00 1

2. haikallp (Posts: 246; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I would have prefer a Surface RT with a Snapdragon 800 processor. But I guess Nvidia Tegra 4 offers a similar performance.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 23:55 1

3. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

If that's the case, Tegra 4. Go for it. Although i personally think Snapdragon is the better choice.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 23:56

4. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Since MSFT decided to keep on with RT, it's good that they're the only one left to produce it so it gives them the liberty to price it low enough without fear of stepping on the toes of any of their OEM partners' product.

I hope the next gen RT will be at prices more palatable to ordinary users in developing countries. I also hope MSFT comes out with different sizes of the RT.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 00:10

5. rms.max (Posts: 95; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

M$, please Don't produce another CRAP. let NOKIA DO THE JOB.Don't spoil the party.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 06:38

7. Atlas (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)

Why on earth are they making a second tablet, the first one had terrible sales.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 13:23

9. PhoneCritic (Posts: 926; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

RT 2 ????? didn't MS take almost a billion write down for the failed RT sales? what gives????!!!

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 13:05

10. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

The reason Microsoft is making the windows RT tablet again is because PEOPLE are buying mobile devices using ARMS processors. Apple and Android tablets USE ARMS CPU's. if Microsoft gets out of putting windows on ARMS CPU's. Microsoft will be out of the Mobile devices game. ARMS CPU's are cheaper and use less power than Intel I5 or I7 CPU's that are needed to run good Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Tablets. Windows 8.1 is a PC/Server/Laptop operating system that requires Powerful CPU power to run this OS. Even the New Intel Haswell CPU's that will give Windows 8.1 Tablets good battery life will cost a good bit of MONEY to buy. Folks if you want a real do everything Windows 8.1 Tablet they will not be cheap. sorry about that!

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