Microsoft Barrels Ahead with New Surface Tablets
Even though Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface tablets have performed disappointingly, to say the least, the company is planning to launch the next generation of the devices at a press event on September 23, The Verge reports.
According to sources and leaks seen by The Verge, the company will release the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 tablets, though not a rumored Surface mini. The new tablets will be similar to the first generation, with a few improvements in RAM and battery life due to the use of Intel’s (NASDAQ:INTC) new Haswell processor. Windows RT 8.1 will still be the software powering the devices, although the company is dropping the “RT” from the name of the tablets.
When Microsoft reported second-quarter earnings, it was revealed that the company took a $900 million charge from unsold Surface inventory. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said at a company town hall event, “We built a few more devices than we could sell,” and the company was forced to slash the price of the tablets.