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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 inighthawki on 11/30/2012 5:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
Whoops! You're right, my mistake, I misread that. My point still stands, though: 365 million in one year is a whole lot :)


RE: ... and
By flubaluba on 12/2/2012 3:07:03 PM , Rating: 2
Well Microsoft sold 375 million copies of windows8 in 48 hours and all of that money is full profit. So if they are doing that well and the xbox is still selling millions a year I think Microsoft is way way ahead of apple in profits this year, as I have said previously Microsoft is testing the waters with the surface, depending on the sales figures they will do either a massive release of the pro or release a small amount then go for the tablet killer in there next device, remember they have time on there side only having entered the game and from what they did with the xbox turnaround I suspect they know exactly what they are doing now. And if you think apple sells even near a million of anything in a month you do not know anything about the marketplace.


RE: ... and
By JCheng on 12/2/2012 8:04:05 PM , Rating: 2
Your windows 8 sales are off by two orders of magnitude: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012...

And Apple sells millions of lots of stuff: http://barefigur.es/


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