MICROSOFT REPORTEDLY will unveil an Intel Haswell powered Surface tablet at an event on 20 May, alongside the long-rumoured Surface Mini.
While the Microsoft Surface Mini is expected to have an ARM chip, Cnet has heard that a pint-sized Windows RT tablet isn't all the firm has planned for the 20 May event.
According to its unnamed "chip industry" source, Microsoft reportedly also plans to unveil a device with an Intel Haswell processor, despite speculation that an Intel Atom-based tablet is in the works.
The source said, "There's definitely a new Intel-based Surface. From what I can assess so far I think it's going to [have] a new power-optimized Haswell variant."
This will be a "full-sized" tablet, unlike the Surface Mini and much like the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 which also has an Intel Haswell processor, although further details about the mystery model are yet to be revealed. However, with Intel Haswell onboard, it's likely to have decent battery life and likely will launch running the full version of Windows 8.1.
While little is known about Microsoft's incoming Intel Haswell tablet, which is likely to land as the Surface 3, speculation has revealed almost all there is so know about the so-called Microsoft Surface Mini.
The tablet is expected to feature an 8in screen, pitting it against the iPad Mini, alongside Microsoft's Windows RT 8.1 operating system and support for a stylus. There's also talk that the Surface Mini will boast an improved kickstand, an optional keyboard add-on and a full metal casing.
Microsoft declined to comment on the speculation. µ
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