Microsoft has recently confirmed that updates for both the Surface RT and the Pro tablets are expected to be released in the next 12 months, but Steve Ballmer finally provided more details about the new models in an internal meeting.
Neowin.net writes that Microsoft’s big honcho has used this occasion to reiterate that he has high expectations from Windows 8.1, while also confirming that new Surface tablets are under development right now.
It appears that some prototypes have already been developed and feature what Ballmer calls “typical improvements,” which most likely include hardware upgrades for better performance and longer battery life. Some Microsofties have already got a chance to try out the devices and the respose has until now been positive.
While the Redmond-based tech giant is keeping everything secret on the subject, analysts expect the second-generation Surface to be here by the holiday season.
An 8-inch tablet running Windows 8.1 is also believed to be included in the revamped product range, as Microsoft is planning to compete against Apple and Google and their new iPad mini and Nexus 7 tablets.
In addition, sources familiar with the matter have revealed that Microsoft is planning to equip the refreshed Surface RT with a Qualcomm processor that would provide users with an improved feature lineup, such as LTE connectivity, increased speed, and better performance to easily make the most of the new 8.1 operating system.
What’s more, word is that Microsoft is planning to make the Surface Mini a lot more affordable, with a price tag of $299 (€210) very likely to be announced.