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Many are expecting a newer, better Surface

Microsoft sent out invitations to its Surface 2.0 event today, which is expected to show off new Surface hardware.

The Surface 2.0 event will be held September 23 in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. 

While Microsoft hasn't been clear about what it's revealing at the event, many suspect it will be a new Surface model (or even more than one). 

According to TechCrunch, we likely won't see a Surface with a radically smaller screen than the previous generation (which sits at 10.6 inches for both the Surface Pro and Surface RT). Also, other reports have said that the next-generation Surface RT (which is rumored to be called Surface 2 with no RT in the title) will have Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, and that the Surface 2 Pro will get over eight hours of battery life, a Haswell processor, a docking station (which is supposed to feature three USB ports, a microphone port, an audio output port for headphones or external speakers, and a 1 Gbps Ethernet port for a direct connection into a router) and 8GB RAM. The Surface 2 reportedly won't be compatible with the docking station.

Microsoft really needs to step it up with the next Surface. The previous generation didn't seem to attract many buyers for various reasons, from the fact that Windows RT was a bust (it's not a full Windows 8 experience and cannot run legacy apps) to the high prices of both tablet models. 

Surface with Windows RT was released in October 2012 while Surface with Windows 8 Pro was released in February 2013. The 32GB Surface RT launched at $499 and has been slashed to $349 (the 64GB version is now $449). The Surface Pro also saw a cut from $899 to $799 for the 64GB model. The 128GB version costs $899.
 

In July, it was reported that Surface sales totaled just $853 million for the fiscal year 2013. Microsoft failed to mention which portion of those sales were Surface RT sales and which were Surface Pros. 

Microsoft worked real hard to push its Surface tablets with promotions like giving away 10,000 Surface RT tablets to teachers at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and introducing the "Microsoft Surface for education limited time offer," which gave discounted Surface RTs to schools and colleges interested in adopting the tablets until August 31.

But the efforts failed. In July, Microsoft took a $900 million charge on the Surface due to the flop in sales. 

Microsoft is now trying to become a devices and services leader with a new restructuring plan -- called "One Microsoft" -- that will bring Windows Phone, PC and Xbox units closer together for a more seamless experience across multiple devices. Current CEO Steve Ballmer will also be replaced in the next year, possibly by Ford CEO Alan Mulally or Computer Sciences Corp.'s (CSCs) CEO Mike Lawrie. 

It remains to be seen whether or not the restructuring plan and all of its changes will help the Surface make a splash in the tablet sector. 

Source: TechCrunch



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RE: Haswell
By Argon18 on 9/10/2013 9:13:58 PM , Rating: 0
Makes sense to whom, exactly? You pay nearly $1000 for this device, and then you have to pay extra to get a keyboard so that it's usable. But you're still staring at a 10" screen.

Basically, you just paid $1000 to get the same functionality as a discount $299 laptop. Awesome?

But that's exactly why this has been such a market failure. Nobody wants this overpriced me-too copycat product when there's better tablet experiences to be had on iOS and Android for a lot less $$$.


RE: Haswell
By w8gaming on 9/10/2013 11:23:38 PM , Rating: 2
Frankly a better tablet experiences depending on what you used it for. For instance, I can run Galactic Civilizations 2 on a W8 tablet, but no this cannot be done on iOS and Android. I have seen jerky video and sound sync problem with certain video files on iOS and Android and yet the same plays silky smooth on W8. Is Surface Pro expensive now that it is more like $899 for 128Gb? Well, it has 90Gb+ available space, that is a lot more than what a $499 iOS and Android tablet can offer. It also comes with a stylus that iOS device doesn't have. I can run a VM running Linux on it. The remote desktop software works much better than those found on iOS and Android, and many many more. But of course, if you have no need for a lot of these, then this is really not the right device for you. But to think everyone else who has enjoyed Surface Pro is wasting money, shows a lack of understanding of what other features that others find missing from iOS and Android tablets. As for the $299 laptop? Good luck finding one with 128Gb SSD, or a stylus, or 1920x1080 ips panel, or... you get the picture.

Having said all that, will I buy Surface Pro now? No. Because Surface Pro 2 is just around the corner with way better battery life and new type cover with additional battery.


RE: Haswell
By Digimonkey on 9/11/2013 9:57:03 AM , Rating: 2
You're completely full of it. Show me a $299 laptop that has a Core i5 processor, SSD, and a 1080p screen. It also has to be a convertible, because that's what I want. I don't want to carry two relatively bulky computer devices with me when I travel.

So show me a laptop anywhere near $299 that can fit these requirements and I'll concede.


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