Rumor: New Microsoft Surface will debut in October

You win some, you lose some. The other day we told you that the oft-rumored Microsoft Surface Mini really was dead, which doubtlessly made many of you readers – those after small but powerful tablets in the vein of Apple’s popular iPad mini – mourn.

We have, however, heard that Microsoft is currently hard at work prepping a new Surface tablet just in time for the Christmas retail season. While this bit of news we’ve got for you right now won’t counter that past news report, it seems to show that after that painful but apparently necessary bit of triage, the Surface line might just be alive and well. Read on to find out more!

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Windows Tablet PC
It will probably look like this too.

What’ll be different?

Okay, from what we’re hearing, this new Surface tablet is going to come standard with support for the Surface Pen accessory. For those of you not in the know, the Surface Pen is neither new nor revolutionary; it works exclusively with the existing Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 devices. Microsoft says that the Surface Pen makes it easier to take notes in Office applications and to draw. (The two aforementioned devices already come with Surface Pens; a replacement or backup pen will set you back US $29.99 on the Microsoft Store.)

The screen of the upcoming Microsoft Surface, the rumors further say, will remain 10.6 inches – no changes there. But what might really interest potential buyers, especially those in the market for smaller tablets, is that the case of this new tablet will supposedly be thinner and lighter than that of the Surface Pro 3. If this rumor is true, not only will doing so further differentiate this supposedly upcoming tablet from the Surface Pro 3, but might also give it a shot at competing with the iPad mini and other class-leading small tablets without being as small. (No word as to how Microsoft is going to work that.)

Other details?

Well, just a couple more – we hear that this new and improved Microsoft Surface is actually nearly ready for production; it’ll supposedly enter mass production in September, just in time for an October release. No word yet on price – stay stuck and we’ll see if we can’t get that for you.

source [Tech Times]

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