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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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good stuff
By Nortel on 11/30/2012 3:01:27 PM , Rating: 2
If the Surface Book is touch screen, it will be a cool device. I've been thinking that a larger mobile tablet would be nice if they can keep the weight down.

It is a little unnerving for a Surface Pro v2 to be getting buzz when the v1 hasn't even been released. What's going through the minds of potential Surface Pro buyers right now...

RE: good stuff
By othercents on 11/30/2012 3:06:29 PM , Rating: 2
What's going through the minds of potential Surface Pro buyers right now...

AMD or i5?
Now or Later?
Battery Life?

While during the NVidia and 3dfx video wars NVidia started doing the 6 month release cycle. Microsoft could be working on doing this update cycle to get the latest hardware to market quickly. However I would suspect they are actually look at 1 year turn around.

This v2 leak is not going to stop people from getting the v1 since most people I know are already wishing it was released sooner.

RE: good stuff
By Roffles on 12/6/2012 1:04:13 PM , Rating: 2
"What's going through the minds of potential Surface Pro buyers right now..."

That I should wait for reviews of the generation 1 Surface Pro and then decide if I should hold out based on a muddled internet rumor.

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