Microsoft's big Surface-themed launch event is less than a week away now, and while the launch of a smaller Surface Mini tablet is all but certain, rumours continue to fly around that a Surface Pro 3 might also make a surprise appearance.
Those rumours are mostly due to the Surface Pro 3's camera being mentioned in a Windows 8.1 support article on the Microsoft Knowledge Base site, which Microsoft has since dismissed as a “typo”.
But there were whispers that Microsoft is lining up an updated Intel-based Surface tablet even before then, some are pointing out, so could all the talk of a typo be a cover up?
Absolutely, says one source quoted by CNET, who reckons: “There's definitely a new Intel-based Surface. From what I can assess so far I think it's going to [have] a new power-optimised Haswell variant.”
Considering the Surface Pro 2 has a Haswell processor, however, if anything it's more likely Microsoft will wait until Intel's new generation of Broadwell processors is available.
That's only likely towards the end of the year, or even early in 2015, although initial projections suggesting Broadwell chips would be shipping by now could explain the Surface Pro 3 being linked with a launch date somewhere around now only to be held back for the time being (if that's indeed what has happened).
What we are relatively sure of is that at least one version of Surface Mini will indeed show up next week, and expectations are that it'll have a 7in, 1440 x 1080-pixel display, will be powered by an ARM processor and will run Windows 8.1 RT.
Rumours also point to fully fledged stylus support as a point of differentiation from other small-screened tablets, while there's also talk that a Pro version of the Mini tablet might also be forthcoming, featuring the full Windows 8.1 rather than just the RT variant.
Throw in the potential for a full-size Surface Pro 3, and you do indeed have a “small gathering” of new products in the running to make their debut. We'll just have to wait and see how many actually show up in New York next Tuesday.
Via IT Pro