Even though Microsoft has just recently started selling the Surface tablet and Surface Pro isn’t out yet, details for the successor devices have been leaked. Naturally, we won’t see those before the end of next year, but it’s good to know that the Redmond giant is thinking ahead and is willing to invest as much resources as need to stay in the game.
The upcoming Surface 2 will stay on ARM-based platform, but it will be Qualcomm’s rather than Nvidia’s processor that will handle all the tasks. Moreover, we’re hearing that the next Surface will come with a smaller 8.6-inch screen, making it more portable, hence easier to carry around.
On the other hand, the Surface Pro 2 will likely sport a bigger, 11.6-inch touchscreen but will dump Intel-made CPU for an AMD one. The rumor says it that this model will use the upcoming AMD’s tablet-specific APU (combination of CPU and GPU) called “Temash,” which will be available later in 2013.
Finally, there will be another device called Surface Book, coming with a large, 14.6-inch display and an Intel-made 22 nm “Haswell” processor. This chip will start shipping around mid-2013.
As for “how do we know this”, we got all the information from @MS_nerd, a well known leaker “covering” Microsoft. You too can follow him from here.
[Via: Unwired View]