Microsoft has already confirmed that the original Microsoft Surface RT and the Surface Pro were just the beginning and that they’d be manufacturing more devices.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that one year after the original devices were announced, we’d be hearing rumors about the next iteration of the device. Digitimes reports:
“Microsoft will launch an 8-inch Surface tablet in June and a 10.x-inch model as early as the third quarter of 2013, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
The 8-inch Surface will use touch panels supplied by Samsung Electronics and Nvidia-developed processors, and Taiwan-based ODM Pegatron will be responsible for production, the sources said.
In consideration of clearing inventories of existing 10.6-inch Surface tablets, Microsoft will launch the 10.x-inch, possibly lower than 10.6-inch, Surface at the earliest in the third quarter”.
This information comes from the Taiwanese manufacturer supposedly responsible for production. This information is of course unconfirmed by Microsoft and should be taken with a grain of salt. Personally, I have a feeling that this isn’t far off, but we’ll have to wait a few weeks to know for sure. If the sources information is accurate, Microsoft would likely be announcing the new tablet at it’s build conference in late June. There’s also a slim chance that Microsoft could announce the new 8″ tablet during their Xbox event if the new tablet fits into that product line.