Expect the Surface series to embrace smaller screens as well. Rumors about pint-sized Surface slates have abounded for months, most recently in a Thursday DigiTimes report claiming that Microsoft is sourcing parts for second-gen Surface entries sporting 7- and 9-inch screens.
Finally, the power-sipping promise of Intel's impending Haswell processors could help hybrid-style slates like the Surface finally achieve Ultrabook-like power in a tablet form factor, but without any of the limitations found in first-generation experiments like the Surface Pro or Razer Edge.
Even with those improvements, only time will tell if there's a brighter future for Windows tablets. Smaller slates may be what the people are clamoring for, but Windows tablets still pack higher price tags and a more schizophrenic interface than the iOS and Android competition. Thanks to that, a 7-inch Surface slate may be D.O.A. if it doesn't pack a killer app--like, say, deep-rooted Xbox integration.
If Microsoft can make that happen, the Surface brand just shine even more brightly in quarters to come.
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