Surface 3 (Non Pro) expectations, and hopes

Discussion in 'Microsoft Surface General Discussion' started by millertime_1985, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. millertime_1985

    millertime_1985 New Member

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    Since we are getting to 'that' time of year again... assuming Microsoft announce a new non Pro Surface tablet, what are you hoping for, and what are you expecting.

    I'm hoping it will stay in a similar price range, and that MS haven't given up on there being an RT tablet

    Expecting... new processor, and maybe a new paintjob
     
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    From all the things I hear, there will only be the pro versions from now on.

    To the best of my knowledge, the RT version was because of Windows Phones but now they're able to put 8.x on phones. I'm assuming the ONLY new changes coming up might be WOS 9 for both Surfaces and phones.

    Not speaking from knowledge, just from hearsay around the web. It makes logical sense though.
     
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    Rumors of a Tegra K1 based Surface with graphics performance better than any existing mainstream tablet. Thinner and lighter with inclusion of a pen and Touch Office. The device could be as good or better than any pure Tablet on the market. For similar hardware see Galaxy Tab S 10.5 but with a pen and better graphics performance.
     
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    Don't expect an ARM based Surface until around the same time as the SP4 next Spring, they need the new unified Phone/RT SKU and Office Gemini so that they can offer a full MUI Tablet.

    It is also a possibility that the new ARM Tablet may be a Lumia branded tablet.
     
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    I hope they don't switch to Lumia branding for tablets. In fact, I'd rather see them switch to Surface branding (and look/feel) for smartphones. A unified hardware platform would make for some nice synergy with the unified OS.
     
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    To me this is an excellent idea. Even if it's not Lumia, something besides "Surface". I just don't think the average consumer could "get" the differences between and Intel-based and Arm-based (or whatever is the proper way to make that distinction), I think it's a terrible idea to name the RT version "Surface".
     
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    Waiting till Spring to introduce a Tegra K1 tablet would be to miss the biggest market opportunity they have had. Simply the most epically inept move ever, heads should roll and it should be very public.
     
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    Its not just hardware, they need the software to be ready. RT was to advanced for the mobile tablet market and not backwards compatible for the Windows Tablet Market. We are seeing the transition already, Windows Phone 8.1.1 allows for screens up to 7" with a 1280x800 Resolution which fits nicely in the SST Space.

    My guess is they will end up using Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC with on die 4G....
     
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    I guess we shouldn't be surprised. The entire life of Windows Phone has been epically mismanaged and now its going to be extended to Surface. No matter how many times you reread those PowerPoint slides they are still wrong.
     
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    Too closely aligning hardware and software releases will lead to instability issues such as with the SP line... so far it seems the ARM Surfaces have been much less temperamental. If they updated the hardware now they have a full 6 months to nail the Software. Id hate to see the same issues on the non-Pro Surfaces as the Pro's have. New hardware, new Firmware, new OS build, New Drivers ... not saying you cant do it... just not the way MS runs a project... ok, yes I'm saying you cant do it.
     
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    Microsoft can't release (or at least Satya Nadella doesn't think they should) until the can deliver a full MUI Experience and it needs to offer something that the ATOM based Tablets are not....

    This means Threshold and Gemini need to be complete....interestingly enough this same SKU may be used on ATOM SST as well....
     
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    Ill save this for starting my bid for CEO. :D
     

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