Microsoft may be bidding farewell to its ARM-powered Surface tablets along with its Windows RT OS. According to a report published by WinBeta, Microsoft will be complementing the Surface Pro series with another x86-powered tablet running Windows 8.1.
WinBeta says this as-yet-unnamed Surface will be a fanless device powered by an Atom or Core M CPU. The new tablet will also be marketed as a more consumer-oriented product, presumably slotting in beneath the beefier Surface Pro 3. Details are otherwise scarce.
Microsoft's current non-Pro tablet, the Surface 2, is a 10.6" device with a 1080p screen, up to 64GB of storage, and Windows RT. A similar device with a full version of Windows 8.1 (and an upgrade path to Windows 10) could be pretty appealing if the price is right. The Surface 2 currently starts at $449 for a 32GB config.
WinBeta says to expect an official announcement before or at Microsoft's Build conference, which kicks off on April 29. We'll keep our eyes and ears open.