Are You Ready for Microsoft Surface 2?

By Gary Cutlack on at

Although Microsoft itself has admitted that initial sales of its Surface tablets have been on the "modest" side of expectations, that hasn't stopped it from pushing ahead with plans for a second generation of Surface hardware.

According to data tweeted by the usually reliable MS Nerd account, the next-gen Surface tablets will be led by a Surface RT 2 device that'll arrive with an 8.6" display and be powered by a Qualcomm chipset, with MS moving away from the current Surface's Nvidia core to provide the power for its smallest tablet.

The software giant is also planning to update the Surface Pro, introducing an 11.6" device that'll appear powered by an AMD "Temash" processor, with MS again switching hardware provider, this time dumping the Intel chipset that powers the current Surface Pro. Finally, a third Surface will appear. This will be an enormous 14.6" device running on Intel's new 22nm Haswell processor range.

You still have plenty of time to get the most out of your existing Surface (ahem) though, as none of the above will appear before the middle of 2013 at the earliest. [Neowin]