They may have fallen off the radar the past few months, what with Microsoft snubbing CES and everything, but fret not, the next-gen Surface tablets are still coming. Confirmed by company officials in “multiple aspect ratios and sizes”, these shall once and for all make or break the Windows-powered slate line.
Make being our best guess at the moment, if rumored specs and features gain credence. Also, if MS prices them better.
No news on the latter today, but plenty on the former, so buckle up. According to a notorious Twitter user who just happens to know a lot of higher-ups, the Surface 3 will be powered by Nvidia’s recently unveiled Tegra K1 SoC, built on a 64-bit platform and rocking a Kepler GPU with no less than 192 cores.
How fast is this thing? Early benchmarks say much zippier than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and Apple’s A7, so in a word, mind-blowingly so. Well, that’s two words, but you get the idea. Of course, we’re likely talking about a third-gen Surface with full Windows (8.1), while a lower-end, lower-cost RT-running “cousin” is for now unconfirmed.
One little detail still making us nervous about Surface 3’s perspectives is its ETA – late Q3 or early Q4 2014 – at which point Qualcomm may top Nvidia again in raw CPU and GPU speed.
As for the Surface Mini, that’s expected a lot earlier, in Q1 or Q2, though @MSFTnerd doesn’t really have anything concrete to add to the rumor mix. Meaning odds are the little guy will sport a Full HD 8-inch or so display, 4G LTE connectivity and motion sensing technology. Sounds like Redmond is at last bringing its A game to the mobile wars.