Report claims Microsoft will announce next-generation Surface in June

It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year since Microsoft announced its Surface tablets. It was an extraordinary event for Microsoft, and not merely because the world's biggest software company was signalling a major change in launching its own PC hardware - but also because the event had been shrouded in such secrecy that the world's media flew into Los Angeles on the morning of the event without even knowing exactly where it would be held. Microsoft had got the world excited. 

The company's plans to become a "devices and services company" are now very much a matter of public record, of course, and attentions are increasingly turning to what the next devices to emerge from Microsoft might be. MS has stated that it sees no need for a 'Surface Phone', but a follow-up to its current Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets seems inevitable. 

On that front, a report has emerged claiming that Microsoft is already well advanced on its work for the second-generation Surface tablets. However, the news comes from the notoriously unreliable Digitimes, which frequently reports conflicting information - so be sure to take this with a pinch of salt, and then bury that pinch under a few extra shovels full of salt for good measure. 

Citing "sources from the upstream supply chain" for the tablets, it's claimed that Microsoft will announce the new tablets at its BUILD developer conference in late June. Curiously, it's stated that the second-gen devices "will only feature a 7- to 9-inch displays [sic] to meet the rising demand for smaller tablet devices". It seems unlikely that the Surface Pro would see a reduction in size given its productivity focus; just today, Microsoft publicly highlighted the example of someone who ditched both their iPad and notebook PC in favour of a Surface Pro. 

The report claims too that Microsoft has sold only 1.5m in total since the devices went on sale; given yesterday's stats from IDC, which indicated that Microsoft sold 900,000 Surfaces in the first quarter of 2013, this figure actually seems believable, equating to a further 600,000 sales between the sales launch of Surface RT in late October and the end of 2012. It's claimed that these figures are well below Microsoft's hopes of selling 3-4 million units by the end of Q1 2013. 

It seems unlikely that Microsoft would be planning to replace Surface so soon after expanding global distribution of the tablets; it announced last month that by the end of June, over twenty new markets would be getting Surface Pro, and four new markets getting Surface RT. 

Still, Neowin will be reporting from BUILD in June, so if there's anything exciting to see on the Surface front, we'll be there to bring you the latest. But even without a Surface announcement there - and let's face it, it's pretty unlikely - there'll still be plenty of juicy details emerging at BUILD, not least the public preview release of Windows 8.1.

Source: Digitimes | Image via Microsoft

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Why all the tap dancing around the flawed Windows-8? Microsoft needs to fix Windows-8 to make truly usable for content creation users...then, go out and "do" all the peripheral items.

Well.... It's been a while since their last official tweet, and the crowds are getting restless ;-)

And it has to be a -FULL- Wintab implementation, as just PS support will not cut it for me. I have a lot of other 3D related apps as well that need the Wintab support.

First or Second generation.... I don't care.

What I would like is to see a Wintab driver surface (pun intended) for the Pro, so I can properly start using apps that use/need this......

Dutchie64 said,
First or Second generation.... I don't care.

What I would like is to see a Wintab driver surface (pun intended) for the Pro, so I can properly start using apps that use/need this......


I think they did say this is coming soon (or at least support for photoshop).

If Microsoft really cares about how well they want this to be, they'll improve on two important things, such as:

- Availability
Ex. of that: I live in Canada, and I still haven't seen a Surface Pro in person yet. Only the RT.
- Pricing: They need to drop the price a little and make it something more reasonable (i.m.o.).

CaptainBeno said
Apple plans to drop price of iPad and surface will be ruined so they are going to release a $200 RT surface mini
I don't think price matters that much. I think it has more to do with what the two devices can do..

Sure, more people know about the iPad than they do the Surface Pro, so that's where Apple has the advantage. But, Microsoft has an advantage too, the Surface Pro can do a helluva lot more because it runs an OS that literally is the jack of all trades. It can be your tablet, or it can be your laptop.

Ideas Man said,
Criticising Microsoft for something based on a rumour from an unreliable source, classy.

Do you honestly think MS will not refresh surface line up this year? Did you see their global availability plans? It is not even properly available in Europe yet let alone Asian countries.

Half of 2013 gone by and I still haven't been able to buy one and there is no sign that it will be available anytime soon. On the other hand, iPads and GTabs are selling like hotcakes.

Wouldn't it make more sense to wait until people can buy the Surface and Surface Pro before moving on to the next generation? While I don't plan on buying one myself, I've been on the look out for them to play around with...so far I'm under the understanding that it's a myth, they don't exist.

In fairness my comment was more tongue-in-cheek than anything. But at the same time the fact that I have been unable to see a Surface in the wild yet means that the news of the next generation is pointless to me. And I can't be the only one, as the comments above seem to show.

Microsoft, I've been waiting since January for the Surface Pro in the UK, checking the news daily for the announcement. Don't make me wait that long to get a product that will be outdated within 6 months.

this one will be definitely good. hope they give it to china like the v1 that was the second market after US. going to get a pro2 if better battery and 3g

JHBrown said,
May give this one a try. I never buy the first generation of a product. Especially from Microsoft.

Haha yes there are always us legends that buy stuff like the first xbox and have to pave the way for the next generation buyers

Microsoft does the same mistake over and over again. focusing on the wrong markets. I know europe was never a good market for microsoft due to the immense amount of money they lose in law suites .. but publish stuff everywhere already! if you want to sell your stuff - go where people are willing to buy not just america

calimike said,
Surface Mini or Surface 7 Please no more RT. Something's cool new!

No more RT!? How in the world are you going to cram x64 hardware into a mini form factor?

Dot Matrix said,

No more RT!? How in the world are you going to cram x64 hardware into a mini form factor?

Exists smartphone with x86 architecture so, it is possible. The deal is the battery.

I'm still waiting for the Pro to come to the UK, if a new version is coming I might as well wait for it?

Regardless as to whether they announce anything or not, I'm certain that a new Surface will arrive alongside Windows 8.1. I've been waiting for the Pro to come to the UK, but it seems better to wait for the next generation - hopefully they won't keep us waiting several months this time around.

I doubt this. I'm guessing a yearly cycle for Surface RT, meaning October to October. Announcing Surface RT in June last year was a mistake. It allowed the market to get excited, then annoyed. Doing the same thing this year would have the same outcome.
Announce when you're ready to ship, Microsoft.

ZipZapRap said,
I doubt this. I'm guessing a yearly cycle for Surface RT, meaning October to October. Announcing Surface RT in June last year was a mistake. It allowed the market to get excited, then annoyed. Doing the same thing this year would have the same outcome.
Announce when you're ready to ship, Microsoft.

Unless they're going to show us the new smaller 7-8" version, which doesn't replace the RT or Pro but is still a new Surface.

... And the Pro still isn't even available in most countries.

And i doubt this is a 2nd gen device or will replace anything, it will simply be a smaller Surface added to the line-up, like the iPad mini.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
... And the Pro still isn't even available in most countries.

And i doubt this is a 2nd gen device or will replace anything, it will simply be a smaller Surface added to the line-up, like the iPad mini.

Exactly, I think we won't see a new version 2 of the RT and Pro till at least a year has passed since they hit the market. MS wants to get as much back from the R&D on those as it can.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
... And the Pro still isn't even available in most countries.

It's sounding like the Zune more and more each day to you

DarkNet said,

It's sounding like the Zune more and more each day to you

+1

Zune suffered from : lacks of distribution, non competitive price, lack of marketing, lack of killer features.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
... And the Pro still isn't even available in most countries.

I've said it in other topics and I'll say it again, THIS is what is killing Microsoft. When the ipad launches in the US, the rest of the Americas have it within a week. When the Samsung Galaxy tab launches, same thing. But Microsoft in all their brilliance, believes a staggered launch will help them eat into the market? Learn Microsoft LEARN! Making your product difficult to access does not help your cause in such a competitive market.

If they make a £400 Windows 8 tablet with the quad-core atom CPu (new lower power version) and through in a touch cover I would buy one