Though Microsoft admits not having the success it has hoped for their new Windows RT tablets, the latest rumors talk about the software giant getting ready to launch new devices and even a Surface branded smartphone. Some of the specs for the upcoming Surface tablets have surfaced on the Web.


It is said that Microsoft has in the works two new tablets – the Surface RT 2 and Surface Pro 2. The first device will feature a small, lightweight design and an 8.6-inch display of unknown resolution. The manufacturer is aiming for a good price for the tablet that, unlike the current device, will not be powered by a Tegra 3 chipset, but rather a Qualcomm chip, according to MS_Nerd.

The Surface Pro 2  is the most powerful of the two and is said to be powered by an “upcoming and yet-to-be-released AMD ‘Temash’ APU”, rather then the Intel Core i5 chip.  AMD’s Temash lineup is scheduled to launch in 2013 and the Microsoft tablet will be among the first to be powered by it. It features at least two 28nm CPUs along with a graphics unit on a single chip. The screen size and resolution are unknown.

The rumor hill does not stop here, with the source talking about a third Surface tablet on its way, with a 14.6-inch screen and a 22nm “Haswell” chip by Intel and caled the Surface Book. It will be released during the second quarter of 2013.

  • DeianStancu

    AMD Temash platform is scheduled to be out in Q4 2013, until then, Intel will launch BayTrail Atoms with 22nm and HD4000 graphics, at lower TDP. Unless AMD moves quicker, but highly unlikely. AMD is still in the toilet.