As it happens with almost all devices, a newer and better next-gen device replaces the old one, and the same thing is going to happen with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Surface. A popular Microsoft news leaker on Twitter has indicated that Microsoft will be releasing the Surface 3 tablet during late Q3 or early Q4 2014. However, the exciting news is that Surface 3 will be featuring the newly-announced Tegra K1 processor from NVIDIA. For those who don’t know, this is NVIDIA’s recently announced SoC, built on a 64-bit platform and featuring a Kepler GPU with no less than 192 cores.
Surface 3 to run full Windows 8.1
As per early benchmarks, Tegra K1 SoC is faster than the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and Apple’s A7, which in a sense makes it the best performing mobile processor in the market. This third-generation Surface tablet will feature full Windows 8.1, while lower-end Windows RT version is unconfirmed at this time.
Surface Mini to be released?
Twitter user MSFTNerd also revealed that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is indeed working on new Surface Mini tablets which will compete with such 7 and 8-inch Android tablets and iPad Mini. The Redmond company surely won’t want to miss the small tablet market, as the mini version works great for many. In fact, 7-8 inch tablets have become popular because of their small size and portability that 10-inch tablets can’t offer. This new Surface Mini is expected to offer Full HD 8-inch screen, 4G LTE connectivity and motion sensor. The source reveals that 2014 will be the year of mini tablets and LTE.
Overall, it seems that 2014 is going to be a year of Windows 8.1 for tablets, NVIDIA Tegra K1 and Surface Mini. Amidst all these, how can we forget that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is going to hire a new CEO this year? Indeed, this will be a busy year for the Redmond-based company.