Microsoft apparently isn’t at all deterred by poor Surface RT sales, with Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang this week saying the Redmond company is hard at work on a sequel. Perhaps that’s no surprise, really, considering how much effort Microsoft has put into its under-appreciated Surface lineup. Even so, Microsoft can’t afford to make the same mistakes twice, and Huang believes the second generation tablet will be different.
Speaking with CNET, Huang said a huge problem with the original Surface RT was that an app like Outlook wasn’t available at launch. “It is the killer app for Windows.” That argument might hold some weight, but it’s terribly short-sighted if Huang believes the lack of Outlook is the leading factor that did the Surface RT in. For starters, a lower price would have been nice.
Not much is known about the Surface RT 2, though previous rumors suggest it could hit in October alongside the arrival of Windows 8.1. Additionally, it is widely believed to run on Nvidia’s new Tegra 4 chip—surprising given mobile’s current infatuation with Qualcomm technology. If a new model does indeed arrive in October, we have a few months left to solve the Surface RT 2 mystery. Whether it’ll be as great as the Nvidia boss hopes remains to be seen.