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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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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.


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