HARDWARE DESIGNER Microsoft reportedly is planning to release a second Surface RT tablet this year that will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Windows 8.1.
Bloomberg reports that some new versions of the Surface tablet will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chip thanks to its support for LTE connectivity, which sees Microsoft looking to add mobile internet to its not so popular tablet lineup.
Such a move would makes sense for Microsoft, as Qualcomm announced earlier this month that its Snapdragon 800 processor now supports Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system, which is set to feature on the second generation Surface RT tablet in the form of Windows RT 8.1. This will provide the Surface RT 2 with features such as Outlook email, interface enhancements and an updated Internet Explorer web browser.
Qualcomm won't be hogging all of the limelight though, Bloomberg reported, as Microsoft reportedly will release a second version of the Surface RT 2 tablet featuring an Nvidia processor. There's no further word on hardware specifications yet, but if it's anything like the original Microsoft Surface RT tablet, expect a 10.1in touchscreen, dual cameras and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
It's also likely that Microsoft is planning to release a sequel to the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, although details about that remain to be revealed.
There's no word on when the Microsoft Surface RT 2 will be announced. Microsoft, Qualcomm and Nvidia declined to comment on the speculation. µ