Microsoft expected to announce larger Surface on Tuesday

Microsoft’s Surface event, which takes place on Tuesday, is turning out to be more than meets the eye. While it has long been suspected that the Surface mini would be shown off, and that other Surfaces were in the works (and their specs have been leaked), it now seems like we may also see a larger Surface too.

Here’s the deal: we had been hearing for some time that Microsoft wanted to expand the Surface line to meet a variety of use cases and feature sets, and it looks like the company is about to go all in. The latest bits from Paul Thurrott is saying that there will be a larger Surface unveiled, and that it could be thinner and have a smaller bezel; whispers of a 12in Surface have made the rounds previously.

Why ~12in? Well, for a ‘Pro’ tablet that is supposed to be a do-all, be-all solution, at a 10in screen, it’s always been a bit cramped for true laptop needs. Sure, the specs were great and the capabilities were there, but the screen real-estate never quite matched up to the true pro-sumer needs. And when you looked at comparable ultra-books, it became clear that the Surface may not be the best solution.

To fill these needs, the larger Surface would bridge the gap of ‘pro-sumer' variety and compete more closely with existing ultrabook products on the market.

With the event so close, we only have about 36 hours to go until Microsoft makes it all official. But if all of the rumored information holds true, the Surface event should be quite the showcase for Microsoft and will tell quite a bit about the company’s plans to move full force into the consumer and pro-sumer PC markets.

Microsoft’s Surface event takes place in New York on Tuesday and we will be there to cover all of the announcements.

Source: Paul Thurrott

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Just keep reiterating the Surface is a great machine,

The only thing i would probably do is remove the RT's and replace them with Atoms, ARM is the future but there are not enough Modern Apps to keep the Surface RT a float, ARM is a great arch but so far Microsoft doesn't seem to be making good use of it outside the Windows Phone.

REM2000 said,
Just keep reiterating the Surface is a great machine,

The only thing i would probably do is remove the RT's and replace them with Atoms, ARM is the future but there are not enough Modern Apps to keep the Surface RT a float, ARM is a great arch but so far Microsoft doesn't seem to be making good use of it outside the Windows Phone.

Atom's suck. No thanks.

Baytrail for an actual tablet far from "sucks" and this year should see the release of x64 Atom devices.

The i5/i7 are powerful but there are a LOT of trade-offs with them such as weight, heat, battery, thinness, and cost.

On Tuesday, there is a high likely hood my MBP will be placed on the market in favor of a Surface Pro 13". #hopesAndDreams #surface13

Basically 2 options; buy what you want and don't worry about when next gen is coming out OR follow the leaks and rumours (like the ones neowin has been posting about the surface for the past month) and wait it out too be one if the first to get the device.

drazgoosh said,
Basically 2 options; buy what you want and don't worry about when next gen is coming out OR follow the leaks and rumours (like the ones neowin has been posting about the surface for the past month) and wait it out too be one if the first to get the device.

I suggest to stick with option one because option two will never get you any tech devices :)

A 12" would be the size of the "original" Tablet PCs, the ones launched in 2002, and my perfect size as well. Also such size mimic the A4 paper size.

But the 12" tablet PCs were also much less wieldy than modern tablets. I'm not sure having an oversized Surface will really catch on much. That's pretty much just the traditional tablet PC market and the new models from other manufactures are quite competitive already. e.g. Fujitsu has been making some great improvements to the T series.

Excerpt said,
A new rumor from a reliable source is saying that Microsoft will announce a larger Surface at Tuesday's event alongside the Surface Mini, which means the entire brand could be overhauled.

A complete brand overhaul? I doubt it, plus I think the pro will be the larger device.

Dot Matrix said,
Please don't tell me MS is abandoning the 10 inch RT line... :(

The mini will be RT, and I'm guessing that the Mini and the 12 inch are the only 2 devices we'll see Tuesday. A refresh of the Pro and RT lines (surface 3) will be out in October. These are all just guesses naturally.

Me too, it's the only thing holding me back from buying one along with the screen being slightly too small. If those two issues get sorted then I'll be in. On a side note, I have seen some cases which supposedly do make the Surface usable on your lap.

ZipZapRap said,
hope they figure out a way to make it easier to use it on your lap, with type cover attached

If the rumor of a 12" Pro is true, then the rumor about new covers for it should also be true, I expect they're going to make changes to the covers for this so they act more like a ultrabook when connected.

George P said,

If the rumor of a 12" Pro is true, then the rumor about new covers for it should also be true, I expect they're going to make changes to the covers for this so they act more like a ultrabook when connected.

fingers crossed. A solid keyboard with no flex would be a good start

ZipZapRap said,

fingers crossed. A solid keyboard with no flex would be a good start

With how big this thing could be, I think that type of cover makes more sense as a pure "pro" device that you expect people to use more for work, while the 10" Surface devices are more towards media consumption compared to work as far as form factor goes.

If this turns out to be true and the 12" does well demand wise they could start looking into a 13" or bigger pure Surface Ultrabook later on.

warwagon said,

Meh, gimme a 4:3 mini


So, you want a modern device with a display that uses an obsolete aspect ratio?

warwagon said,
Meh, gimme a 4:3 mini

4:3 sucks for multitasking, watching video, Hell, basically everything. Why are you constantly clamoring for such an obsolete ratio?

Dot Matrix said,

4:3 sucks for multitasking, watching video, Hell, basically everything. Why are you constantly clamoring for such an obsolete ratio?

Because the iPad Mini is a great Form factor.

If the rumors about the Mini end up being true, and they release it with a 7.5 4:3 1440 x 1080 resolution i'm going to highly amused.

Oh and I took a screenshot of your post just in case :laugh:

You can take one of mine too if you want

Edited by warwagon, May 19 2014, 4:30am :

easier to hold and pack away. I have a surface but the 16:9 screen is quite obvious and not as easy to hold as a 4:3 screen as on the iPad.

warwagon said,

Because the iPad Mini is a great Form factor.

If the rumors about the Mini end up being true, and they release it with a 7.5 4:3 1440 x 1080 resolution i'm going to highly amused.

Oh and I took a screenshot of your post just in case :laugh:

You can take one of mine too if you want

Lame reasoning. Just think about it: When has Microsoft at all touted Windows 8.1 and 4:3 screens? Windows 8.1 is a multitasking OS, the iPad Mini is far from that. 4:3 makes it very hard to snap apps, and have enough working space for note taking and other tasks. It's just not happening.

DJGM said,

So, you want a modern device with a display that uses an obsolete aspect ratio?

That's hilarious. As if aspect ratios have anything to do with technology and can become obsolete. What is obsolete here is your comment. It was obsolete the moment you hit the "Add Comment" button. Unless you were being sarcastic. Was that sarcasm? If it was, then I apologize.

Dot Matrix said,

Lame reasoning. Just think about it: When has Microsoft at all touted Windows 8.1 and 4:3 screens? Windows 8.1 is a multitasking OS, the iPad Mini is far from that. 4:3 makes it very hard to snap apps, and have enough working space for note taking and other tasks. It's just not happening.

I fought tooth and nail to keep my 2x 4:3 22" DELL monitors in my office. WHY?!?! Because I don't watch movies at work, duh. I work on reports mostly, and widescreen is terrible for drafting reports in Word. Portrait 16:9 KINDA works (but you don't get all your tools properly displayed). I'm convinced that folks who think 16:9 is the way of the future and 4:3 is "obsolete" don't really work on computers...they just play on them.

Shadrack said,

I fought tooth and nail to keep my 2x 4:3 22" DELL monitors in my office. WHY?!?! Because I don't watch movies at work, duh. I work on reports mostly, and widescreen is terrible for drafting reports in Word. Portrait 16:9 KINDA works (but you don't get all your tools properly displayed). I'm convinced that folks who think 16:9 is the way of the future and 4:3 is "obsolete" don't really work on computers...they just play on them.

Do you still multitask? I do and my 4:3 screen SUCKS at multitasking. I need to be working as fast as I can most days, and 4:3 really hinders productivity. Windows 8 isn't built for 4:3, and neither is serious productivity.

Dot Matrix said,

Windows 8 isn't built for 4:3, and neither is serious productivity.

Then how did people get any work done for the last 30+ years! :p

Widescreen only started to really appear in the ealry 2000's. Before that since the dawn of the computer monitor it's been 4:3.

warwagon said,

Then how did people get any work done for the last 30+ years!

People didn't work with data as much as they do now. The increase in computer technology has required the use of bigger monitors. Also, would you want to lug around a widescreen CRT? People have a lot of things to work with. 4:3 just doesn't cut it anymore.

Dot Matrix said,

People didn't work with data as much as they do now. The increase in computer technology has required the use of bigger monitors. Also, would you want to lug around a widescreen CRT? People have a lot of things to work with. 4:3 just doesn't cut it anymore.

I will give you the "Answer for everything" award.

warwagon said,

I will give you the "Answer for everything" award.

It doesn't cut it, it doesn't work, the square is obsolete, the mooore rectangular the better for mooore data, durp. Gosh man, get with the program! How many more reasons do you need!?!?! Ahhh, /sigh :rolleyes: .

Dot Matrix said,

Do you still multitask? I do and my 4:3 screen SUCKS at multitasking. I need to be working as fast as I can most days, and 4:3 really hinders productivity. Windows 8 isn't built for 4:3, and neither is serious productivity.

Newer monitors have higher resolutions and are generally bigger than the older ones. Just set your app window to the 4:3 ratio that you know and love and enjoy a little extra room for that IM or VoIP app as well.

Next you will be saying how you fought to keep your CRTs because you enjoyed the radiation being beamed into your face.