There's a pretty good chance Microsoft will announce a Surface Mini tablet at its May 20 event next week. We already know all about that. According to the latest story by The Verge, though, we might also a successor to the Surface Pro at the event.
Where's the evidence? Well, a Microsoft support page about some sort of camera-related Windows update clearly mentions an upcoming device. It says, "An update is available that adds support to the Surface Pro 3 camera." That could be a typo, or it could be a not-so-subtle hint of what's to come.
That potential slip-up also fits nicely with a Bloomberg story posted last week. That story says Microsoft will "will also take the wraps off other new Surface models at the event, including ones powered by Intel Corp. processors."
We could simply see an incremental update to the Surface Pro 2 with a new, slightly quicker Haswell processor. I wonder, though, if Microsoft might have an Atom-based Surface up its sleeve. I was told by Intel to expect the first 64-bit Bay Trail slates in the second quarter of 2014, and a refresh of the Bay Trail lineup is also expected soon. A 64-bit, Atom-powered Surface Pro could offer a fine mix of performance, portability, power efficiency, and affordability for users who don't need the power of a full-fledged Haswell chip.
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