Earlier this month we covered a rumor that suggested Microsoft’s new and smaller Surface tablet will launch in June with a display that measures between 7-inches and 8-inches. Now, DigiTimes says that it has confirmed with supply chain makers that the new device will have an 8-inch screen provided by Samsung, a processor from NVIDIA and will indeed launch in June. We’re guessing there’s a good chance the device will run on NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chip, which means it will also need to run Windows RT instead of the more powerful Windows 8 operating system.
DigiTimes said it has also learned that Microsoft will launch another tablet with a display size in the 10-inch range during the third quarter, at the very earliest, which means it could be on store shelves in time for the holiday season. The Redmond-based company is hoping that shipments surpass 1 million units, and that means it’s going to need to heavily market them and, perhaps, drop the price in order to compete more aggressively with Android tablets and the iPad.