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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: Surface Pro V2
By Kyuu on 11/30/2012 6:36:27 PM , Rating: 2
To reach a lower price point. It's obvious they're not making the Surface RT and Surface Pro v2's with the same philosophies as the two current ones. The RT v2 is getting a smaller screen (which means they can't do the Touch cover thing unless they make a really cramped keyboard), and the Surface Pro v2 is getting an ultra low-voltage tablet SoC (as opposed to higher-wattage ultrabook-targeted chip like the ULV i5 in the soon-to-be-released one). The Surfacebook looks to targed to those attracted to the current Surface Pro's specs.

I'm not saying I think they *will* lower the res for the Surface Pro v2. But with the change in philosophies and addition of a third form-factor, it's not necessarily a given that the resolution won't be downgraded.

RE: Surface Pro V2
By ElConquistador on 12/1/2012 1:41:22 PM , Rating: 1
You're probably right. But the Surface RT v2 (if it ships without the option for a keyboard) would have to be cheaper than the iPad mini to have any chance of success

RE: Surface Pro V2
By laviathan05 on 12/1/2012 8:25:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm curious about the form-factor of the Surfacebook. Wonder if it will be a larger surface tablet with a more substantial keyboard/dock or if it will be more like a Yoga.

RE: Surface Pro V2
By safcman84 on 12/3/2012 6:05:49 AM , Rating: 4
I suspect this leak is missing some details.

I would be willing to bet on 2 versions of the Surface RT

Upgraded version of the current one, and a Surface RT "mini".

I doubt they would drop the current form factor of surface because the keyboard is one of the "killer" features.

I also suspect the V2 of Surface RT will also support the digital pen of the Pro version. so the mini will have a pen even if it doesnt support the keyboard.

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