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.