After the clusterhump surrounding Microsoft's Surface strategy that resulted in the Redmond outfit taking a $900 million charge on unsold inventory, you might not think Steve Ballmer and company would be all that eager to release a second generation slate. Not only is there strong evidence to support the notion that Surface 2 is coming, but there are even details on what hardware will be inside.
First things first. Our comrades over at sister site TechRadar recently posted a roundup of Surface 2 news and rumors. The strongest hint yet that Microsoft will release another Surface can be found by looking at the company's job advertisements. There's also a leaked internal slide floating around the web that suggests a Surface 2 is in Microsoft's cards.
What's more fuzzy than Microsoft's plans to release a Surface 2 are details about the form factor and hardware. However, Surface 2 just poked its head on GFXBench's results page, revealing that the RT version will be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 System-on-Chip (SoC). It also revealed that it will sport a 1371x771 resolution (or, more likely, 1366x768, same as the original Surface RT).
One of the rumors out there is that Microsoft may shrink a version of Surface to 7 inches to battle against the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and iPad mini, among other emerging contenders.