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If accurate, Microsoft is planning an ambitious upgrade for its colorful hardware

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer boasted about how his company was going to set a "new standard" for first-party hardware.  That certainly appears to be the case if its rumored Surface tablet hardware upgrade proves true.

According regular Microsoft leaker MS_Nerd, whose Twitter post was picked up by NeoWin, Microsoft is planning to upgrade the Surface family as follows:

Surface RT 2:
+ 8.6-inch display
+ Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) SoC/chipset (likely Snapdragon 5)

Surface Pro
+11.6-inch display
+ Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMDTemash chip (reportedly a 28 nm successor to Hondo)

Surface Book
+14.6-inch display
+Intel Corp. (INTC) 22 nm Haswell chip

Surface RT (gen. 1)

Both Haswell and Temash are slated to launch around mid-2013.  Given that and the fact that the Surface Pro (first-generation) still hasn't launched, it sounds like Microsoft is not planning to roll out this upgrade for at least another year.  However, if it does embrace this ambitious upgrade, it could definitely live up to its lofty self-set goals hardware wise.

Sources: MS Nerd on Twitter, NeoWin

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By Argon18 on 11/30/2012 2:48:11 PM , Rating: -1
And nobody gives two craps, because nobody is buying these products. Sorry Microsoft, you fail hard at mobile devices. I predict your 2013 mobile device market share to be exactly the same as it is today: jack squat.

RE: ... and
By Valrandir on 11/30/2012 2:58:59 PM , Rating: 1
And another paid Internet shill, on a mission to bash Microsoft Surface all over.

Go away.

RE: ... and
By Argon18 on 11/30/12, Rating: -1
RE: ... and
By Akrovah on 11/30/2012 4:37:36 PM , Rating: 2
You need to check your information. First, it is not called Windows Mobile anymore. That product line ended with 6. Windows PHONE 7 has more in common with Zune, hence it not being compatible with apps designed for Windows Mobile. Not to mention the vastly different input paradigms between stylus and finger touch screens. One has much smalleR hit targets than the other.

Also, Windows Phone 7 apps (mostly) work just fine in Windows Phone 8. Unfortunately Windows Phone 8 itself seems to be having issues.

RE: ... and
By Argon18 on 11/30/12, Rating: -1
RE: ... and
By kleinma on 11/30/2012 6:08:02 PM , Rating: 5
So you used Windows Mobile for a decade despite your claims of it sucking so horribly bad and there being other options?? Interesting.

Windows Phone 8 is based off of the Windows desktop kernel. WinMo was based off of WinCE. They are not the same thing, not even close, not even comparable.

I also like your points about how no one wants the product because everyone who wants that type of product already has one. Every gamer had a nintendo or a playstation hooked up to their PC when this thing called the xbox came out. How did that go for Microsoft?

If you don't like a given product fine, but I am sure you never have used surface, and certainly you have never used x86 surface, so your points can't be taken seriously anyway. You aren't a shill, you are just a biased idiot.

RE: ... and
By kleinma on 11/30/2012 6:08:34 PM , Rating: 2
*PC = TV

RE: ... and
By geekman1024 on 11/30/12, Rating: -1
RE: ... and
By inighthawki on 11/30/2012 9:58:04 PM , Rating: 2
That was a typo, he meant replace "PC" in his original post with "TV."


RE: ... and
By geekman1024 on 12/1/12, Rating: 0
RE: ... and
By inighthawki on 12/1/2012 2:15:56 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry I wasn't really trying to insult you, it was more of a joking manner, but I guess that's hard to infer from text (and also not that hard to read a comment on the internet through the mouth of some troll whose sole purpose is to make everyone rage for a quick laugh :) ). Apologies for that.

RE: ... and
By melgross on 11/30/2012 10:06:39 PM , Rating: 2
A fair number of people used Win Mobile for a long time despite not liking it. Those were different days remember.

RE: ... and
By Argon18 on 12/3/12, Rating: -1
RE: ... and
By elderwilson on 11/30/2012 2:58:56 PM , Rating: 2
It’s going to be fun to watch all the skeptics go silent as windows tablets take off.

RE: ... and
By Argon18 on 11/30/12, Rating: -1
RE: ... and
By Roffles on 12/6/2012 3:16:22 PM , Rating: 2
Unless Microsoft missed something big and it gets poor reviews, the Surface Pro will be mine. I get pretty excited just thinking about having a portable, powerful touchscreen all-purpose operating system to carry around with me.

RE: ... and
By Florinator on 11/30/12, Rating: 0
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By jnemesh on 11/30/12, Rating: 0
RE: ... and
By othercents on 11/30/2012 3:12:03 PM , Rating: 3
Android activates that many tablets in a week! (and Apple probably sells that many in 2 days!)

What??? Please provide the links to the sales reports.

Anyways people seam to forget that many potential Surface RT users are waiting for the Surface Pro. To them the extra money is well worth the performance increase. However those people who are activating Android devices are mostly purchasing the 7" devices since they are relatively cheap compared to the 10" ones.

This very well could be Microsoft coming too late to the party and those who have tablets are not looking for upgrades. If they continue to keep up their release cycle and their app store starts to fill up then they could be a viable solution for upgraders. The App Store is going to be very important especially for Tablet users.


RE: ... and
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/30/12, Rating: 0
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By Cheesew1z69 on 11/30/12, Rating: 0
RE: ... and
By hf2046 on 11/30/2012 3:43:54 PM , Rating: 3
From Engadget (

Q3 iPad sales - 17 million (roughly 1.3 million per week).

From IGN (

"In only two and a half years, Apple has sold over 100 million iPads."

From GigaOm (

"Schmidt said nearly 1.3 million Android devices were activated daily, and of those, 70,000 were tablets."

So that's about 490,000 Android tablets per week.

Microsoft has a lot of catching up to do.

RE: ... and
By Argon18 on 11/30/12, Rating: -1
RE: ... and
By inighthawki on 11/30/2012 3:44:36 PM , Rating: 1
and Apple probably sells that many in 2 days!

Lol, if they sold at that rate (730 million a year) I would not only be incredibly impressed with production rate, but I probably wouldn't be able to turn around without seeing one. (hint: not even remotely true)

RE: ... and
By XZerg on 11/30/2012 4:49:24 PM , Rating: 2
just saying....
your math is wrong, even on his exaggerated numbers (2M/2days), not 2M/1day

RE: ... and
By inighthawki on 11/30/2012 5:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
Whoops! You're right, my mistake, I misread that. My point still stands, though: 365 million in one year is a whole lot :)

RE: ... and
By flubaluba on 12/2/2012 3:07:03 PM , Rating: 2
Well Microsoft sold 375 million copies of windows8 in 48 hours and all of that money is full profit. So if they are doing that well and the xbox is still selling millions a year I think Microsoft is way way ahead of apple in profits this year, as I have said previously Microsoft is testing the waters with the surface, depending on the sales figures they will do either a massive release of the pro or release a small amount then go for the tablet killer in there next device, remember they have time on there side only having entered the game and from what they did with the xbox turnaround I suspect they know exactly what they are doing now. And if you think apple sells even near a million of anything in a month you do not know anything about the marketplace.

RE: ... and
By JCheng on 12/2/2012 8:04:05 PM , Rating: 2
Your windows 8 sales are off by two orders of magnitude:

And Apple sells millions of lots of stuff:

RE: ... and
By Florinator on 11/30/12, Rating: -1
RE: ... and
By ClownPuncher on 11/30/2012 3:17:09 PM , Rating: 2
Replying to a -1 post automatically deducts 1 point.

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