While shipments numbers and sales statistics may be a bit on the disappoint side of things, Surface RT still remains the most popular Windows 8 tablet on the market, according to AdDuplex at least.
However, at the same time Microsoft is no longer the number one makers of Windows powered slates.
The technology titan is expected to be preparing a major refresh of its tablet lineup, which is said to include a new, smaller tablet with an 8-inch display. And according to the latest figures published by AdDuplex, Microsoft has already started testing second-generation Surface units.
AdDuplex says that these two brand new products are called Microsoft Corporation Surface 2 and Microsoft Surface with Windows 8.1 Pro — yup, you guessed it, upgrade for both the Surface RT and the Pro, respectively.
The company wrote on its blog:
“The first one definitely looks like a new device, but the second one theoretically could be just a change in what Surface Pro with Windows 8.1 installed reports.
That said, as far as we can tell, the preview version of 8.1 didn’t change the reported string. So it’s either the RTM (or just a later build) that did that or it’s a new version of Surface Pro altogether.”
Hmmm, interesting, very interesting!
No mention of a Surface Mini, as of yet, and unless we have more data to go by (including screen resolutions, which are not reported), we cannot really tell. Two Nokia tablets, however, also showed up in these latest round of statistics, and we should hear more about them next month.
But as far as the second-generation Surface tablets are concerned, previous reports have suggested that these new devices are set to be unveiled by the end of the year — increasingly likely in October, together with Windows 8.1.