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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 othercents on 11/30/2012 3:12:03 PM , Rating: 3
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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.

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RE: ... and
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/30/12, Rating: 0
RE: ... and
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/30/12, Rating: 0
RE: ... and
By hf2046 on 11/30/2012 3:43:54 PM , Rating: 3
From Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/24/apple-q3-2012-h...

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

From IGN (http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/23/apple-revea...

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


From GigaOm (http://gigaom.com/mobile/daily-android-tablet-sale...

quote:
"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
"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates














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