Microsoft surprised us all when it announced an all-new 12in Surface Pro 3 tablet, and nothing else, back in May, despite all sorts of other rumours doing the rounds at the time.
But while whispers of a cut-size Surface Mini have persisted in the two months since then, what about the original 10.6in size? Does the current Surface 2 spell the end of the line for the standard Surface variant?
Not according to our supply chain-watching chums over at DigiTimes. The Taiwanese publication has it on good authority that production of components for a third generation of 10.6in Surface is set to commence next month (August), while the Surface 3 itself will go into production in September and has been pencilled in to launch in October.
Sadly, it isn't able to furnish any details on the components themselves, other than to confirm that Taiwanese manufacturer Pegatron is the only ODM involved.
But it does reveal that the new Windows 8.1-based 10.6in Surface will be slimmer and lighter than the 12in Surface Pro 3, and Microsoft is expecting it to sell in greater numbers than its bigger brother.
Of course, given that it'll also be quite a bit cheaper, that isn't much of a revelation.