Yes, of course, it’s a bit early for new Surface tablet rumblings, but given some of the chatter about possibly disappointing Surface sales to date, it’s not out of the question there’s some truth here. Still, inasmuch as the Surface RT is newly on the market and the Surface Pro reportedly won’t appear until next month, it’s pretty early to be talking about the successors. But, let’s face it, it’s kind of impossible not to, so here’s the early, early, early next-in-line Surface talk …
According to one report citing a Twitter account as its source for the rumor, Microsoft is designing the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets as we speak while blueprinting the new Surface Book model. The scuttlebutt is the software-turned-hardware vendor is prepping to debut the units late next year. Perhaps at that time, with new Surface models in tow, Microsoft will widen its distribution channels for the tablets—still a sticking point for its partners.
Keeping in mind this is all talk right now, according to the report, of the three possible, maybe, perhaps new Surface entries, the Surface RT 2 might feature a smaller screen at something on the order of 8.6-inches, with a Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) processor replacing the Nvidia Tegra 3 chip of the current Surface tablet. Look for the Surface Pro 2 to be powered by an AMD (NYSE: AMD) Temash chip along with an 11.6-inch screen. The new entry, the Surface Book, which, incidentally, might be a convertible, could be driven by an Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) Haswell processor and feature a large, 14.6-inch screen.
The AMD Temash and Intel Haswell processors, both low-power chipsets designed for tablets, aren’t slated to appear until sometime in 2013.