Some details about the anticipated Microsoft Surface 3 tablet have seemingly been revealed in a series of tweets. The tweets were written by someone who seems to have sources in Microsoft, a user called MSFTNerd. The tweets indicate that Microsoft has been unofficially tied to new products that were on display at the trade show, including NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 which includes a desktop-class Kepler GPU with 192 CUDA cores. The Surface 3 tablet might be available by the end of year.
Additionally, it has also been revealed that Microsoft might be working on a Surface Mini tablet to compete against the popular 7-inch and 8-inch Android-powered tablets and iOS slates. The source, MSFTNerd clarifies that mini-tablets and LTE versions of Surface 2 will be introduced in 2014, referring to the plans of Microsoft.
It has been further noted that the first update to Microsoft Windows 8.1 OS, Threshold (LINK), will introduce InstantGo support for both the upcoming BayTrail+ and other power chips for mobile devices. This also indicates that the devices will be in always-on mode without draining much battery in both working and standby mode.
According to tweet, the “Surface notebook” plans are currently on hold and Microsoft is considering using AMD’s Mullins processor inside the Xbox TV, instead of its custom chip produced by Samsung.
Here are the key purported revelations by MSFTNerd, paraphrased in a nutshell:
-Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chipset to power Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablet.
-The firm might be working on Surface Mini and LTE versions of Surface 2.
-InstantGo support to arrive with Windows 8.1 OS’ first update for Intel’s BayTrail+ chips.
-AMD’s Mullins CPU to be used in Xbox TV instead of Microsoft’s own designed chip.
-Company’s plans for Microsoft Notebook is currently on hold.