Next Microsoft Surface Model Could Be Smaller, Cheaper, Not Arrive Until 2014


Yesterday we told you about some new rumors dealing with Microsoft’s follow-up to its first Windows 8 tablets, the Surface RT and Surface Pro. According to that info, we’d be seeing a 7-to-9-inch tablet launch quite soon, possibly in late June. Well, we’ll know how accurate that guess was in just a matter of weeks, but today we hear a new assessment about what to expect from this next Microsoft Surface tablet, and this tale has us waiting quite a while.

Instead of a June launch, analysts are predicting sometime in 2014, instead. Supposedly, Microsoft is only just getting started sourcing out display components, and mass production wouldn’t get underway until early 2014.

As for those screen parts, we could be looking at a Surface with a 7.5-inch display, but while beefing-up the resolution (compared to the Surface RT, at least) to 1400 x 1050.

Separate from that analyst assessment, rumors have suggested that this new Surface could sell for around $400. While that’s still not as cheap as many Android models nor the iPad mini, it might be enough to start making Microsoft’s offerings a little more attractive.

Source: CNET
Via: Unwired View

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