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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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Doh
By chmilz on 11/30/2012 5:10:38 PM , Rating: 0
Good job. The last thing I want to know before I buy a device is how good the next one will be. We all know they'll get better, but don't tell us that before we buy the current one.

MS probably just lost themselves a ton of sales.

Keep those pending upgrades out of sight, out of mind.




RE: Doh
By Kyuu on 11/30/2012 6:39:03 PM , Rating: 2
Well this was a "leak", so they didn't really tell us. Granted, it is a bit of a fail to let the specs leak this soon, assuming this is legit.


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