TABLET UPSTART Microsoft has sent out invitations for an event on 23 September where it is expected to unveil its next Surface tablets.
We already know that Microsoft has new Surface RT 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets in the works, and the firm on Monday reinforced this by summoning the press to a Surface event in New York on 23 September. Microsoft hasn't revealed any details beyond the name and date.
However, we pretty much know what to expect thanks to online speculation, with rumours claiming that Microsoft will launch both Surface RT 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. There's also chatter that the firm will launch a smaller 7in Surface tablet as well to challenge the iPad Mini.
The Microsoft Surface RT 2 is expected to look much the same as its not so popular predecessor, but will feature slight bumps in specifications. These will include an upgraded Nvidia Tegra 4 chip, Microsoft's Windows 8.1 RT operating system service pack and an HD 1080p display.
There's also talk that the Surface RT 2 tablet will feature an upgraded two-stage kickstand, as will the Surface Pro 2.
As for the Surface Pro 2, this is likely to see a bigger upgrade. Speculation suggests that the device will feature an Intel Haswell Core i5 processor paired with 8GB of RAM and Microsoft's full Windows 8.1 operating system service pack. Potential buyers can also expect longer battery life, with Intel's Haswell processor expected to add an extra two hours.
Battery life might be further extended, with The Verge reporting that the Surface Pro 2 will launch along with a new Power Cover keyboard that will boast its own battery for prolonging the life of the Microsoft tablet.
Check back on 23 September for all the latest from Microsoft's next Surface tablets unveiling. µ