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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 Argon18 on 11/30/2012 3:58:05 PM , Rating: -1
I'm no paid shill. Just a long time consumer. I've seen Microsoft try and fail with every generation of their mobile devices.

FYI I've owned and used Windows Mobile devices for over a decade. Got my first one in 2001. And guess what? They're all turds that never took off, never gained any significant market share. They all died a lame death and nobody cared.

Want some constructive criticism? Here's some:

Firstly, Microsoft is always late to market with their mobile devices. Sometimes *years* late. Nobody buys them because all interested buyers have already bought from someone else.

Secondly, the products are usually lacklustre half-baked products that have serious bugs and usability issues, making for a less than pleasant out-of-the-box user experience.

Thirdly Windows Mobile has no backwards compatibility for apps. None. Apps for Windows Mobile 3 did not run on Windows Mobile 4, and apps for Windows Mobile 7 don't work on 8. Compare that with iPhone, where apps written for the very first one back in 2007 will still work on the latest hardware and OS today. Isn't that one of the selling points of desktop Windows OS? Why can't Microsoft apply that to their Mobile products?

Fourthly, OEM's know that consumers don't want Windows Mobile products. That's why OEM's don't make a real effort to push them. Hence the reason that Microsoft is having to branch out on its own and sell hardware.

You can go away Valrandir. Fanboy's like yourself add no value.

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
"This is from the It's a science website." -- Rush Limbaugh

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