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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: It's kind of a shame...
By w8gaming on 9/10/2013 11:34:41 PM , Rating: 2
I do think such a price point should be possible, especially since it is using i3. Microsoft should really consider making various variant of tablets at different price points if they really want to become "a device company". If they never really intend to be a device company, then they really should not have said that and scare away their partners, and continue to do what they are doing and just make showcase products with limited quantity. Do not over-produce those and end up writing off excess inventory. Microsoft really need to choose what they want to do, to be more like Apple? Or to continue to support their partners?


RE: It's kind of a shame...
By flyingpants1 on 9/11/2013 1:34:05 AM , Rating: 2
Not only is it possible, it's available right now at Best Buy for $699 including shipping, with a 128GB SSD.

$699. For the 128GB version. That's INCLUDING a REAL KEYBOARD. It's EXPANDABLE TO 8GB , for god's sake. A Haswell version of this will be incredible.

You are totally 100% correct about what you said. If Microsoft is serious about becoming a device company, a $1000 10-incher is not going to cut it. For that $1000, you could get a higher-res iPad with better tablet app support, AND a faster laptop.

They need to totally rethink what they are doing.

Or just keep making trash that nobody wants (RT, Surface Pro, Win8), and see how that goes.


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