For Microsoft Surface range of tablets was more than an experiment. Now the vendor has managed to secure its place among the top tablet makers - thanks to the Surface Pro. The full blown Windows 8 tablet is the sole reason why Microsoft recently featured with 1.8 per cent market share. Intel, world's leading chip maker recently admitted to the fact that Android powered affordable notebooks are coming at just around $200(Rs.10,766).
As media cover this news more in their respective publications another major rumor has arrived. Sources close to Digitimes claim that Microsoft is working hard to craft second generation Surface range of tablets. The tablets by Microsoft will arrive in either 7-inch or 9-inches or even an 8-inch for that matter. Microsoft is set to organize Build conference in June 2013, where one could see the first look of second generation Surface tablets.
"Microsoft retained most of its component suppliers from the first-generation models for the second-generation ones with Pegatron Technology staying as the devices' manufacturer. Chassis are supplied by Ju Teng, switching from China-based Chungnam Precision Casing; displays are supplied by Samsung Electronics and LG Display, glass Corning, batteries LG Chem, processors Intel and Nvidia, keyboards Chicony Electronics and Ko Ja (Cayman) and touch panels TPK and Youngfast, the sources noted. However, these component makers have all declined to comment about Surface shipments".
One can sense form the above statement that next -generation Surface range of tablets to carry Intel or Nvidia chipset. Intel is already planning to invest in the lower range of tablets. Last month, it was heard that Microsoft is planning a specific Xbox Surface tablet. The device will feature 8-core processor, and comes in a 7-inch display. The gaming tablet could be announced on May 21 along with next-gen Xbox.
Microsoft hasn't come clean on the sales of first generation Surface tablets. It is believed that Surface Pro is selling decent while the RT version has failed miserably. IDG informs that Microsoft would have managed to ship 900,000 units of Surface tablets during the recent quarter.
Apple, the undisputed king now shipped 19.5 million iPads last quarter. On the other hand, Samsung notches the second spot with 8.8 per cent market share. Asus came third with 2.2 market share, and fourth place goes to Amazon with its affordable Kindle line up. Stay tuned to GizBot.