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.
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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.