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New Microsoft Surface tablets to be announced in June with 7"-9" displays, Intel or Nvidia chipsets

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Intel dropped a bombshell today that its Haswell chips will have up to three times the graphics prowess of the current embedded generation, and those are already shipping to manufacturers.

Hot on the heels of this announcement now come reports from the Taiwan supply chain which confirm that the production of second generation Microsoft Surface tablets in is full bore for announcement at the Build Developer Conference June 26-28, and it will sport Intel and Nvidia chipsets. While we can only hope that low-power Haswell setups will be used for the Surface Pro 2, or whatever it gets named, since it will mean ARM-like battery life with improved graphics, we are also curious what Nvidia processor will go into an eventual RT 2 version, hoping for a Tegra 4.

The other interesting tidbit is that the new Surfaces will feature screens 7"-9" in size, which we've heard before, so as Microsoft has an answer to the onslaught of smaller Android and iPad slates that are taking the tablet world by storm. The laundry list of suppliers for the other components includes:

Microsoft retained most of its component suppliers from the first-generation models for the second-generation ones with Pegatron Technology staying as the devices' manufacturer. Chassis are supplied by Ju Teng, switching from China-based Chungnam Precision Casing; displays are supplied by Samsung Electronics and LG Display, glass Corning, batteries LG Chem, processors Intel and Nvidia, keyboards Chicony Electronics and Ko Ja (Cayman) and touch panels TPK and Youngfast, the sources noted. However, these component makers have all declined to comment about Surface shipments.

On that last note, Microsoft has apparently ordered components for no more than a million and a half second generation Surfaces, as that's what it sold from the first edition, Pro and RT combined, so this time it is being more realistic in its sales expectations, though if it gets the price, processors and OS polish right, these shipment projections might undergo a revision.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 02 May 2013, 04:01 5

1. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

Aww yisss, need a variety of Surface tablets.

posted on 02 May 2013, 04:23 3

2. pyradark (Posts: 882; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

make RT price same as the ipad, not same as a laptop

posted on 02 May 2013, 08:44 1

5. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

...it is currently the same price (without the keyboard).
It would be cool if the Pro were $500 and the RT closer to $200

posted on 02 May 2013, 12:14 1

6. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

If only if the pro was 500$... The pro offers more of an ultrabook like laptop more than on a tablet base like the nexus 10 or the ipad. It runs 3rd party apps that are compatibles with windows 7 very well and it's very light. I argue with the price because you can get a laptop with better specs and more hard drive space, but I'm not complaining. Had my pro for about 4 months and I'm loving it!

posted on 02 May 2013, 04:38 2

3. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 169; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

Hopefully they don't overprice the Surfaces this time.

posted on 02 May 2013, 06:08 2

4. AdamLeonard (Posts: 60; Member since: 24 Aug 2011)

Hopefully they make one with an i7 and 8GB of ram. That's what I need to run a business database I use constantly. I'd love a 13.3" version too. Let's see Surface, Small Surface, and Full Surface models.

posted on 02 May 2013, 15:02

7. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

I think i might purchase part 2 of the surface tablets.

posted on 02 May 2013, 18:48

8. kissily (Posts: 53; Member since: 09 Oct 2012)

I thought the Surface Pro didn't make much sales. Will the smaller versions do?

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