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Second-generation Surface tablets reportedly coming in June

Earlier this month we heard reports that Microsoft was working on a smaller, 7-inch version of the Surface, and now more details have emerged of the company’s plans. According to Digitimes, Microsoft is readying the Surface is multiple sizes, most notably between 7- and 9-inches in response to market demand for smaller tablets.

DigiTimes goes on to say that the second-generation of Surface tablets will be announced at Microsoft’s Build developer conference at the end of June. The move to smaller sizes shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given the success of the iPad mini and Nexus 7. A recent leak also suggested that Acer is working on an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, so it stands to reason that Microsoft would update its Surface line with multiple sizes of its own.

The Verge has also heard from its own sources that the Build developer conference will be focused on Windows 8.1 and the improvements that the update will bring to 7- and 8-inch tablets. In addition, Microsoft is expected to update the Surface Pro with the latest Haswell processors from Intel once the chip maker has formally announced the platform on June 3rd.

Microsoft may be moving ahead with new Surface plans, but the Surface Pro hasn’t even launched in the UK yet. The full-blown Windows 8 tablet will be with us shortly, though, as Microsoft recently announced that it would be made available before the end of May. The company didn’t say how much the Surface Pro would cost, but don’t expect it to be anywhere the price of ARM tablets such as the iPad or Nexus 10.


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