No rest for the weary for this one. Plans for Microsoft’s next wave of Surface devices are reportedly being considered, with three separate models allegedly the company’s new sweet spot. I guess it should come as no surprise that a company is already setting its sights on the future. But, then again, it’s Surface Pro isn’t even out yet.
According to MS_nerd, prominent “Microsoft leaker,” the company is actually going to shrink the size of its next RT, opting for a smaller 8.6-inch display with a Qualcomm chipset rather than NVIDIA’s Tegra. And for Surface Pro 2 (or however Microsoft wants to brand it), the device will come equipped with an 11.6-inch display and the yet-to-be-released AMD “Temash” APU.
Finally, and most interestingly, Microsoft will introduce a third Surface, tentatively known as “Surface Book,” that will sport a large 14.6-inch display. That’s a pretty robust size fore something that will prominently be used as touch-only. Many of the bigger tablets around don’t breach the 10.1-inch size, so having something larger than that will certainly be an interesting experience. Assuming it’s similar to the Surface experience right now, it might be a bit difficult to hold the tablet with one hand and swipe around with the other.
Of course, this is one big rumor, so we’re just speculating on an experience that might not even be a real thing down the road. Based on the purported chipset upgrades, we’re probably looking to the second half of 2013 for any substantial announcement or product arrival. We’d imagine Microsoft would want to keep its release cycle close to a year, with an event sometime over the summer.
[via PocketNow, NeoWin]