But uptake has slowed.
Surface 2 should address one big problem with the current Surface RT
Microsoft is planning an event later this month to unveil the second versions of its Surface tablets.
There’s a good chance that the new version of the Surface RT, which will probably known as Surface 2, will address some of the reasons that people like me hardly ever use their first generation Surface RT tablets.
According to Neowin, the new Surface will come with a faster Tegra 4 processor as well as potentially double the RAM. That could address one of my biggest complaints with the Surface RT: It is painfully slow to start up and to launch apps. (This seems to be a common, but not universal, complaint.)
An upgraded processor and a RAM boost could help speed things up. That new hardware might also combine with the updated Windows 8.1 OS for speed improvements. It’s possible that my current generation Surface RT didn’t get much of a speed boost from 8.1 because the software update requires or at least benefits from the better hardware.
Other predictions are that the Surface 2 will have a 1080p screen and a kickstand that can snap to two different angles. It might get a white color option and an upgrade to the USB 3.0 standard port.
The Surface RT already has long battery life but new peripherals, like a keyboard with additional battery, are expected to come out too.
All of these improvements are welcome and could address some of the shortcomings to the first generation Surface RT. But it won't be an easy road forward.
One reason is that Microsoft won't have the buzz and momentum that it could have captured when it first launched the tablets. After a year of Surface ads and middling reviews, customers could see this as a mere incremental update.
Plus, the update to Surface RT won't address the positioning problem: Microsoft has to do a better job explaining what Surface RT is, who it's for, and how exactly it's different from the Pro version (it won't run traditional Windows apps), Now that there's a version of Outlook for RT, the role of Surface RT is even murkier. Is it for business users who don't need to run traditional Windows applications? Consumers who want a corporate email client?
As Thurrott notes, the price isn't yet known. If Microsoft tries to launch at $500, as it did with the first generation, that could spell more trouble -- the lowest-priced iPad with a 10-inch screen starts at $400, and Microsoft recently discounted the Surface RT to $349.
It’s also not yet known exactly when they’ll go on sale. Hitting the important holiday shopping season will be crucial for Microsoft.
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