Microsoft Surface 2 is no longer a rumor and release is confirmed by the CEO of NVIDIA, Jen-Hsun Huang. Microsoft has started the development of second-generation Surface tablets, which may arrive early 2014. During an interview with CNET, Jen-Hsun Huang has confirmed that they are working on Surface 2 tablet featuring their Tegra 4 SoC chips.
In late March, Huang had asked Microsoft to bring Outlook for Surface RT and his wish has been granted and scheduled for October. Microsoft will roll out the ARM version of the well-known e-mail client in an upcoming update.
Outlook is “a killer app” for Windows and “Now we’re going to bring it with the second-generation Surface,” says Huang. “We’re working really hard on it, and we hope that it’s going to be a big success.”
The first-gen Surface tablets didn’t get the expected success and indeed resulted in a financial loss of $900 million to the Redmond giant. Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer said during a meeting with the employees, “We built a few more devices than we could sell,” and then they had to cut Surface RT tablet price by $150. Jen-Hsun Huang hopes the Surface 2 will manage to attract a greater number of consumers than first-gen Surface.
However, the rumors circulated late last month suggesting the Surface RT with Tegra 4 chip would not be the only model. The Surface 2 is also expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with LTE connectivity while the Surface Pro 2 is very likely to come with the Intel’s Haswell processor and new accessories for tablets, certainly new Touch and Type Cover.
In fact, Microsoft has planned to produce different versions of the tablet, even with 7 or 8-inch display. Although Redmond engineers didn’t make any comment on Surface 2 plans.