According to IDC, PC market fell around 7.8% in 2013 when compared to a year earlier, losing the market share to tablet PCs. Waging a war against Android and iOS, Microsoft needed something substantial to be done. This new upcoming tablet might just be what Microsoft needs to counter its rivals, who seem to be doing so well when it comes to big tablets. New tweets by @MSFTNerd (account deactivated now) stipulated that the tablet might arrive in the later quarters of this year.
Rightfully dubbed as the Microsoft Surface 3, this tablet will feature the newly announced Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. This new mobile super chip stole the show at CES 2014. It supports all the latest graphics and gaming related standards such as Direct X11, OpenGL 4.4, and is the first chip to support the Unreal Engine 4, making it a gaming powerhouse. To add to all that, the Nvidia Tegra K1 has 192 Kepler based GPU cores, the first mobile GPU to support Nvidia CUDA (the latest and most innovative GPU computing language).
That’s not all, sources also reveal that Microsoft is working on a ‘Mini’ version of the popular Surface tablet to tackle the multitude of 7 inch and 8 inch Android tablets as well as the ultra popular Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display which was released recently. In addition to this, Microsoft is also reportedly working on a LTE cellular radio equipped version of the Surface 2 tablet. Rumors suggest that Surface 4, 5 and 6 will be released at the end of 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The first Windows 8.1 update will also bring InstantGo support for Nvidia, BayTrail+ and other powerful mobile processing chips. This enables your device to stay in an ‘always on’ state even on standby, draining less battery at the same time, and is more commonly termed as connected standby.
Some other recent tweets also suggest that the much awaited Xbox TV will be powered by the recently announced AMD Mullins quad-core processor and not Microsoft’s own custom made chipset as reported earlier. It is dramatically faster than the Intel BayTrail-T, and will provide a tough fight to the upcoming Intel Atom chipsets.