Report: Microsoft to Release 7-Inch Surface Tablet
April 11, 2013 11:49 AM
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It is expected to go into mass production later this year
Joining the likes of Apple and Google, Microsoft is now also rumored to be making a 7-inch version of its first homemade tablet -- the Surface.
According to a recent report from
, Microsoft is in the midst of creating a whole new batch of Surface tablets, which includes a 7-inch version.
The 7-inch tablet is expected to go into mass production later this year.
Microsoft, which released its first Surface tablet on October 26, 2012, hasn't seen the sales success it expected. Last month, a
source anonymously revealed that Microsoft had sold 1.5 million Surface tablets at that point. More specifically, the company had sold a little over a million Surface with Windows RT tablets (features the Windows RT version of Windows 8 specifically for ARM processors) and about 400,000
Surface with Windows Pro
tablets (features the full version of Windows 8 and an Intel Core i5 processor).
missed analyst expectations
of about 2 million Surface RT tablets in just the December quarter alone.
Microsoft launched Surface with Windows RT in October and Surface with Windows 8 Pro in February.
Microsoft likely wants to run with the big boys like Apple and Google in the tablet sector, and both have already released 7-inch tablets (which tend to be more affordable for consumers). Google's 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet was a hit at only $200 with a load of impressive features, and Apple released its 7-inch iPad mini for a little over $300 last November.
However, Microsoft may want to steer clear of releasing any more Surface tablets with Windows RT, since the operating system has largely been a bust. RT-powered tablets have dropped significantly in price in some cases due to
lack of consumer demand
, and many hardware makers are looking to just clear the dead weight out of their inventory.
Even analysts believe Windows RT will, at some point, just fade away.
"I think you're seeing discounting based on user demand. I never thought RT was going to be that successful," said Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates. "RT will fade away over time. It's not a full Windows 8 experience. That said, why wouldn't I spend more and get a full Pro version of the device?"
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RE: Before trolls jump in to say MS is crap
4/11/2013 12:26:23 PM
I like the first gen Surface, so having more form factors will be great! I'd definitely buy a next gen arm tablet. Even though it isn't a powerhouse, I love my Surface RT. I am not unsatisfied with the app selection because I have enough stupid games to play, all my media plays perfectly like movies (I rip blu rays to 720p x264... surface RT consumes about 5% cpu on playback with perfect frame rates and resolution), music with xbox music cloud, streaming apps like Netflix/hulu)... The best part about it that I don't feel the need to fill holes in the OS by apps. I browse websites with IE10 and it works well for the majority of sites. It struggles with some sites that aren't optimized for IE10 (like yahoo fantasy sports site). The fact that it includes office was icing on the cake,
Whenever I get in a pinch I just use Teamviewer Touch to connect to my other PC's (both Win7/Win8) when I need to access something that isn't arm compatible (like visual studio 2012 or photoshop).
The Skydrive integration from my Win8 desktop to surface is fantastic. XBOX Music cloud is great, and overall the multi-device connected experience is unbeatable.
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