According to AdDuplex, they believe they have spotted the next generation of Surface tablets accessing their Windows advertising network. They have regularly been spotting these devices called “Microsoft Corporation Surface 2” and “Microsoft Corporation Surface with Windows 8.1 Pro.” Is Microsoft set to remove the ‘RT’ from their Windows RT Surface device? In terms of the other device, it could be the first generation Surface Pro with Windows 8.1, or it can be the rumored Surface 2.0 tablet that will feature Intel’s latest processors, Haswell.
We’ve already seen screenshots of the long-rumored Nokia tablet, and we’ve seen an increase in leaks of pictures, specifications, and the price. AdDuplex has said, “We have seen a bunch of Nokia devices in our logs in the past year. The earliest sighting was back in early October, 2012. The device was named RX-107. Then we’ve seen RX-108. And then RX-113, 114, 115, 116. Interestingly enough we haven’t seen RX-109 through RX-112. So it’s hard to say if all of these are just variations of one device progressing through development stages, or 2 device lines (107-108 and 113-116) or something else.”
The Surface RT, which was announced last year, got everyone’s eyes thinking this would be the iPad or Android tablet killer. The Surface was the first tablet to perform Windows related actions on an ARM chip. It has an amazing battery life, great resolution and the kickstand and the extra keyboard just make it number one. Of course, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, but the device did lack some of the most important features that this device required in order to grab people’s attention.
First of all, the lack of apps. In terms of Android and iOS fanboys, that’s all that matters apparently. We have seen a major improvement in the app store, with increasing number of apps being released, and after Windows 8.1, we have a cleaner and more efficient app store. Second of all, the price. I was planning to buy the device right when it came out, but was disappointed in the price they chose. Microsoft is already learning from their mistakes, and we’ve already seen that in Windows 8.1. Microsoft has also dropped the price on both the Surface RT and Surface Pro, along with a price drop for the Touch Cover.
Should Microsoft ditch the ‘RT’ name and start over with the upcoming Surface 2.0 devices?Further reading: Microsoft, Nokia, Surface RT