Microsoft is holding an event in New York City on Monday, September 23rd, where the company will introduce the next generation of its Surface tablets.
The event comes about a month before Windows 8.1 hits the street, and almost a year after the launch of the company’s first tablets, the Surface RT and Surface Pro.
While Microsoft is saving details until the 23rd, the leak and rumor mill has been in over-drive, and if everything we’ve heard so far holds up, then it looks like we can expect to see a new Windows RT tablet called the Surface 2, and a new Windows 8.1 tablet called the Surface Pro 2.
Windows RT is a light-weight version Windows designed to run on devices with ARM-based processors. That means it tends to run on tablets that are thin and light, offer long battery life, and fanless designs. Unfortunately it also means that you can’t run most desktop-style Windows apps. Aside from Microsoft Office, tablets running Windows RT tend to be stuck with Metro-style apps.
The Surface 2 is expected to have an NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor, a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and offer up to 8 hours of battery life. It should be about the same size and shape as the original Surface RT but it will ship with Windows RT 8.1.
The Surface 2 Pro is expected to feature an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, offer up to 7 hours of battery life, and more RAM than its predecessor.
It’s also possible that Microsoft could introduce a Surface Pro Mini, featuring a smaller display. Windows 8.1 has been designed with better support for devices featuring screens that are less than 10 inches across. New Surface accessories including a Power Cover that charges the tablet and extends your battery life while you type could also be on the way.