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Windows 8.1 update hints at upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet

Likely will debut on 20 May
Wed May 14 2014, 14:09
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 in purple

MICROSOFT IS LIKELY to launch an updated version of its Surface Pro tablet along with the rumoured Surface Mini next week.

First spotted by The Verge, a support article published by Microsoft regarding an incoming Windows 8.1 update refers to the next generation tablet, saying, "An update is available that adds support to the Surface Pro 3 camera."

Of course, this could be a mistake on Microsoft's part. It is still unclear, however, as the company has not yet commented on the article.

That said, an imminent launch of the so-called Surface Pro 3 would tie in with earlier rumours. Last week it was rumoured that Microsoft is planning to launch an Intel Haswell-powered tablet at its 20 May Surface event, with an inside source reportedly having 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."

Given that the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 has an Intel Haswell processor, it will make sense if this mystery tablet arrives as its successor.

While that's all we know about Microsoft's upcoming professional grade tablet, we know pretty much all there is to know about the so-called Surface Mini that it's also expected to launch next week.

The Surface Mini tablet is expected to feature an 8in screen to compete with the iPad Mini, along with Microsoft's Windows RT 8.1 operating system and support for a stylus. There's also talk that the Surface Mini will have an improved kickstand, an optional keyboard add-on and a full metal casing. µ


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