TABLET UPSTART Microsoft's first Surface Pro tablets didn't set the world alight, but the firm reportedly plans to release an upgraded version of its tablet PC that's designed to run the PC version of Windows 8.1 along with Microsoft Office.
That's according to Neowin, which has managed to get hold of some details about Microsoft's next generation Surface Pro tablet that is likely to debut around the same time as Microsoft releases Windows 8.1.
If the leak is the real deal, the Microsoft Surface 2 will have an Intel Haswell based Core i5 chip and an increase in RAM from 4GB to 8GB. Unsurprisingly, the second generation Surface Pro is also likely to run the Windows 8.1 operating system, adding more weight to the rumours that it will appear after Microsoft releases the Windows 8 service pack.
The Surface Pro's keyboard will also be upgraded, according to Neowin's sources, with the add-on expected to be more sturdy and refined. There's also chatter elsewhere that Microsoft will launch a new Power Cover alongside its second generation Surface Pro tablet - a keyboard with a built-in battery. According to The Verge, the accessory will connect to the tablet and boost its battery life, with poor battery having been one of the main complaints about the last generation Microsoft Surface Pro.
Alongside the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Microsoft is also planning to release a Surface RT 2 tablet, despite having been forced to take an embarrassing $900m hit on the last generation ARM processor based device. According to speculation, the Microsoft Surface RT 2 will be only a slight upgrade, looking "visually identical" to the existing model. However, potential buyers can expect the device to feature Windows 8.1 RT and a Nvidia Tegra 4 chip.
There's also speculation that Microsoft will release a 7in version of the Surface RT 2 in a bid to challenge the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini. µ