Microsoft Rumored To Provide Three New Surface Tablets In 2013

New Surface tablet computers with keyboards are displayed at its unveiling by Microsoft in Los AngelesA relatively reliable MSFT tipster @MS_nerd recently tweeted that Redmond will release three new and distinct generations of the top tablet some time in 2013.

Ballmer recently said on a shareholders’ call that the organization could not again let hardware or anything else stand as a barrier to innovation, admitting that Microsoft was late to the game (especially with the tablet).

It only is practical that they would go big with both Surface and Windows 8, getting back together for lost time with lots of size and shapes.

All things considered, the organization bet a whole lot on the popularity of a brand-new Microsoft, detailed with Metro, touch, and true entry in to the hardware space.

The very first tablet is considered an 8. 6-inch Surface RT 2, running on a Qualcomm chipset as opposed to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip.

The Microsoft Pro will allegedly upgrade to an 11. 6-inch display having an unreleased AMD “Temash” APU, and a fresh Surface Book product will sport a hefty 14. 6-inch display with a next-gen 22nm “Haswell” chip from Intel underneath the hood.

It’s interesting that none of the brand new models have the exact same 10. 6-inch screen size as current-generation Surface RT and Pro slates do.

However , inside our reviews, we felt the shape factor was a bit awkward and larger than the tablet that currently dominates the large tablet space, the 9. 7-inch iPad.

After which there’s Amazon and Google’s 7- to 8-inch offerings, and Barnes & Noble, and we can’t forget the iPad Mini now, either.

Microsoft is late to a very feisty and competitive game, and a huge push is essential. And thus far Surface sales have been slow going.

The breadth of the lineup also sounds plausible along side rumors of a Surface phone, as DigiTimes recently reported that Microsoft has sent orders to Foxconn for a self-branded and Microsoft-designed Surface phone.

Obviously, it’ll be some time. Although the tipster specified 2013, I wouldn’t be prepared to see new models in stores until the holidays next year.