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Microsoft Corp. has begun to send invitations to a press event on September 23, where it is believed to unleash its next-generation Surface media and/or business tablets. At present it is expected that Microsoft will announce one, two or three new slates at the show, however, the company remains tight-lipped over its plans.

In a bid to attract maximum attention to the launch of a new-generation Surface tablets, Microsoft organized its event in New York. The company has invited some members of the press to the launch of new tablets, so expect the coverage to emerge on the web already on September 23. What remains to be seen is whether Microsoft will actually start to sell new Surface products in October, along with the release of Windows 8.1 update, or later this year.

At present it is completely unclear what exactly Microsoft wants to show at its event later this month. The only thing obvious is that the products to be shown will run on Windows RT and Windows 8.1 operating systems will all “Blue” updates and capabilities.

Earlier rumours suggested that Microsoft has been playing with smaller form-factors than current 10.1” for its consumer-oriented Surface. At the same time, the company has shown no signs of plans to get rid of current form-factor for its Windows RT-powered gadget. Moreover, Surface Pro will most likely retain 10.1” display.

It is likely that Microsoft will show three new tablets at the show: two new Surface tablets with 7”-class and 10”-class screens powered by new ARM-compatible application processors running Windows RT as well as one Surface Pro slate based on Intel Core i-series 4000-sequence “Haswell” microprocessor with reduced power consumption featuring Windows 8.1.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Surface, Windows, Windows 8, Windows RT

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I kind of hope Microsoft doesn't use the new Haswell CPU in this surface pro.I'm not saying Haswell wouldn't be a good upgrade performance wise, but it would mean we would be back to the $700-$800 price range and would probably have to same weight and thickness problem that the current surface pro has.

I think many people would be happier seeing a Intel Bay Trail or a AMD Temash chip inside the new surface pro. I know that many people who have been following the Intel Bay Trail will say that Intel is the superior product and they would be right CPU wise, but like the rest of the market AMD has superior graphics.

Also to note from the info coming out from Intel their flagship tablet Atom Z3770 will on average consume 2-3watts plot power (the hole SoC not just the CPU) with an estimated 6-7watt TDP, where as if you use the same method with AMD's flagship tablet APU A6-1450 it consumes on average 3watts of power with a 8watt TDP. So both chips will still have to use the cooling system that's in the surface pro already being that both would be over the 5watt TDP fanless standard

So in conclusion both would consume much less power and allow the new surface pro to be lighter, thinner and most importantly cheaper than its predecessor. It would ultimately come down to the age long question between Intel and AMD, a chip with more CPU performance or more GPU performance. I would be happy with either but with the way the tablet market is shifting I think AMD's GPU leverage would play a bigger role in keeping the Surface Pro in the game vs the ARM chips coming out next year.
1 0 [Posted by: Richard Diaz  | Date: 09/13/13 02:54:40 PM]
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Your conclusion is flawed. It's not a question of difference between AMD and Intel chips, thermal designs or even price points. It's only a question of how much money Intel will bribe MicroSoft to exclude AMD chips from its products. I would say a lot because Temash is going neck and neck with Intel's best.
0 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 09/13/13 07:14:27 PM]
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I'm hoping they have the hindsight to scrap RT, and just go with 8.1
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 09/14/13 08:50:13 AM]
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With the imminent release of Surface 2, we are still being hit with over priced Surface tablets, advertised at over $800 Australian.
They should be reduced in price and well under $500
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 09/18/13 11:37:43 AM]
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