New Microsoft Surface Pro to launch with Surface mini?

New Microsoft Surface Pro to launch with Surface mini?
On May 20th, Microsoft is expected to introduce the Microsoft Surface mini. This is expected to be a Windows RT powered 8 inch slate, powered by a Qualcomm processor, that will come with a digital pen and focus on message taking. In addition to the bite-sized version of the Surface, there is speculation that Microsoft will also introduce the third iteration of the Microsoft Surface Pro on the same day.

A new report on Friday confirms earlier talk that on May 20th, Microsoft will be unveiling at least one tablet powered by a Intel processor. One source claims that this mystery tablet will feature a powerful Haswell variant of Intel's silicon, instead of the Atom version (like the Intel BayTrail). With that in mind, we would expect to see the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 see the light of day on the 20th, along with the Surface mini. Consider that the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is powered by the Intel Core i5-4300U, which is a Haswell variant.

Outside of the rumored Intel CPU, no specs have leaked for the rumored Surface Pro 3. Besides being powered by the Intel Core i5-4300U, the current version offers a 10.6 inch screen with resolution of 1080 x 1920, 4GB of RAM and as much as 512GB of storage.

source: CNET

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1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Nope, not true. IMO.

2. Beijendorf unregistered

I'd argue the Pro-version needs to be much lighter, thinner and with comparable or better battery life to be considered a worthy upgrade. I don't know of any technology currently on the market to make that a possibility.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Dedicated graphics would be a plus.

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I doubt they could fit dGPU in the small body, even most 13" ultrabooks/macbooks don't have dGPU I think they should make a version with Intel Iris Pro graphics (inside a few 13/15" ultrabooks and the 15" macbook pro), its comparable to the GT 640/50M, so its quite capable for a iGPU Also a 13" surface pro would awesome as well

3. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

I hope so... waiting for Surface Pro 3

4. eggimage

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

They should just remove the desktop mode from RT at once and push the developers to go full-touch friendly interfaces..

17. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It's only there for office. Oh and I guess the file manager lol.

5. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Honestly they need to reduce the price big time, the msi gs60 ghost pro 052 has the same price tag as the surface pro 2 512, the gs60 has a nvidia gtx 870 with 3gb of ram a intel i7 4800hq a 15.6 inch full hd screen and plenty more features, i dont know what drugs microsoft is on but just cause their name is on it dosent justify the pricetag

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hit the nail right on the head. The price of the Surface Pro is absurdly high. Microsoft should ditch the Surface RT models and reduce the Surface Pro 2 to $499 for the 64GB model. That would give the world a reason to care about Microsoft tablets.

14. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I agree that the price is too high, but $499 is pretty unrealistic. Even starting at $999 would be a great deal.

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, Sure the surface could be more affordable, but $499 for the 512GB version is currently unrealistic The i5-4300U CPU is $280 and a 512GB SSD is $250, that's already over $500 Hopefully SSD prices and Intel CPUs prices come down more this year (if only AMD's CPUs could keep up with Intel) A 256GB surface pro for $999 would a great realistic deal Also the gs60 ghost pro 052 only has 128GB SSD, which is ~$60 (compared the a 512GB SSD which is $250)

30. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And battery life? Not to mention your comparing a laptop that has off the shelf parts to one that is custom built. Though custom laptop is somewhat arguable. The laptop you describe has about 4hrs of life in power saver mode according to users who have left reviews on it. The Surface 2 has shown that it can do 5 hours of streaming Netflix. In the end, the 128gb model which is more on par with what you are comparing it to in terms of HDD space is 1k vs 1800. Also portability, at 4.36lbs the laptop is no lightweight imo when compared to the surfaces 2lbs. Also the surface imo is much more portable as well. In the end you could spring for the laptop, but the touch tablet (as far as I know the laptop you gave is NOT touch), is a better compromise for people in the sub 14in market.

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

There is a rumor that the Surface Pro 3 will be a half a pound lighter and will come with a Intel i7 Processor. but what some People want is in addition to giving the new Surface Pro 3 an Intel i7 Processor and making it lighter- they want it to have a larger screen like an 11.5 to 13 inch tablet screen. The good thing is the surface Pro needs the Intel i7 CPU because it will then be able to access and use all the computer aided design programs, High def Video games. Calculus math programs and ect. It also needs 4g LTE to be a true mobile tablet

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It had better be expandable to 16GB RAM as well, then. The current Surface 2 Pro is a crippled POS with 4GB unless you get the pricier models with more storage and 8GB RAM. And 8GB is really the minimum RAM for anyone who really uses their computer for doing a few things at once.

11. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

Facepalm... you can't expand RAM on tablets. If they integrate 16GB RAM it'll absolutely drive the cost much higher

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

You can't, but is there a reason you couldn't? The Surface Pro uses an x86 processor. By my understanding, and I could be wrong, wouldn't expanding RAM be as viable as doing it in a laptop or desktop? Is RAM in x86 tablets different in some way that it absolutely couldn't be designed to be expandible?

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Microsoft could have made RAM expandable on any of the Surface Pro models, i.e. added a small access panel which exposed two SO-DIMM slots. Not only would this have made the Surface Pro tablets more affordable, it would have also let people do more with them simply by adding two 8GB SO-DIMMs.

16. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

That'll it'll ruin the Premium feel of the tablet. Clearly the Surface doesn't appeal to you

18. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The idea of the Surface Pro appeals to me. But I will not buy an underspec unexpandable tablet for an absurdly high price. Your definition of "Premium" seems quite limited. A company with good design chops would figure out how to elegantly integrate memory expansion into the design.

31. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

8GB minimum? What are you trying to do on a tablet, any tablet that would require use of 8gb minimum? At that point switch to a desktop. Games don't even use that. Currently my desktop has 4gb, I can run multiple IE sessions, Visual Studio, Blender 3D, and other apps all at once without to much problems. This is far more than I would put on any tablet or laptop at once with such small screen estate. I could see your need if you absolutely need to replace your pc completely and having your surface as our sole pc/tablet with nothing else. But really it is just whining imo that is, no hard feelings but seriously no other tablet lights a candle to what this can do.

34. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

My desktop has 64GB RAM and my notebook has 16GB. If I want to use a Surface Pro tablet as a notebook replacement, then having 16GB is important for me. I sure don't want to carry around a tablet and a notebook.

10. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Waiting for the Surface mini. :D

13. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

The current size is fine. But, in addition to what Surface Pro 2 already has, it needs: A bit thinner bezels More USB 3.0 ports (USB PD support) Fanless Same or more power More RAM GPS 3G/4G Gyro and other sensors Screen with MUCH less input latency

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

With a i7 I would buy one, but the Sony and Samsung version look sexier "especially the Sony one looks stunning"

19. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

With any new Surface product, consumers will be lucky to see performance, features and usability under $600 for any high spec Surface with a full Windows 8 experience. HP has much better tablets, hybrids and laptops. I love my "HP Pavilion x360" and "Pavilon x2 11" under $500 for me.

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Laptops=/=tablets

21. johnyjackson unregistered

Stupid MS. Change display ratio. 16:9 is for big monitor and tv. And stop self-oem. You are not hardware company.

23. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Jealous much?

24. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

JJ is not jealous. But all of Microsoft's Windows hardware OEMs look at Surface with anger and a sense of betrayal.

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Your username should be Microsoft FTW

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