Microsoft is no longer denying the existence of the second-generation Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, with one senior executive revealing at the Worldwide Partner Conference that two new models will launch in its financial year.
When speaking at the conference in Houston on Wednesday, Microsoft’s chief operating officer (COO) Kevin Turner showed one slide detailing Microsoft’s consumer plans for the year ahead, and there were references to updates for the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets.
The slide, which was first reported by The Verge, also appears to indicate the forthcoming arrival of Windows 8.1, new accessories for the Surface tablets – something Microsoft team members have previously hinted at -- and a low-cost Windows Phone.
This talk of new Surface tablets is hardly surprising given the amount of speculation in recent weeks, even if most of it has focused on the possibility of Microsoft launching a smaller tablet.
Towards the end of last month, Topology analyst Maxwell Chang forecast that the next Surface tablet will debut for $299 in Q4 and will arrive with a 7.5 to 8-inch display and low-power Intel Atom processor.
Previous reports have claimed that the next Surface tablet will run Windows RT – the ARM version of Windows 8, have an 8-inch screen and will come equipped with Nvidia’s Tegra processor.