Even though everybody's waiting for the Surface with Windows 8 Pro, Microsoft continues its expansion plans for the RT version of the tablet, with a new announcement for Canadian users.
Windows RT Hardware News
The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT has been on sale for around three months. Although it landed with considerable fanfare, recent estimates suggest that Microsoft may have only sold around 1 million since the device went on sale.
Latest data from advertisement network AdDuplex reveals usage statistics of both Windows 8 and Windows RT in the first month of 2013. Information presented in this report was collected on January 14th (112 Windows Store apps running the AdDuplex SDK). As well as usages, Windows RT devices and multiple geographic locations are also included.
We haven't seen too many Windows RT tablets on the market–the Surface and the ASUS VivoTab RT are the two most notable–but Dell entered the fray with the XPS 10, a $499 tablet that uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.
Perhaps the biggest attraction of CES 2013 was Nvidia's Tegra 4 mobile CPU, which combines 4-ARM Cortex A15 cores, plus a phantom core for low power tasks and 72-core GPU. DigiTimes is reporting that the Tegra 4 could find its way in a number of Windows RT tablets that are released in 2013, including the next Surface RT tablet made by Microsoft.
Mike Abary, the head of Samsung's PC and tablet business in the U.S., tells CNET that the company will not be releasing its Windows RT device in the U.S. because retail partners don't see strong demand and because the value proposition for Windows RT isn't clear to consumers.
Summary: After more than two months of day-in and day-out use, the strengths and weaknesses of the Microsoft Surface and Windows RT are easier to see. Here's a long-term update.
NVIDIA this week unveiled the Tegra 4, which it describes as the world's fastest mobile processor. Given the lackluster performance of Windows RT on the Tegra 4's predecessor, I'm curious whether NVIDIA's stated advances will lead to better Windows RT devices in the near future, and perhaps a new Surface RT.
At an event at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, NVIDIA has just announced their brand new mobile processor - the Tegra 4 - which expands on the capabilities of their previous smartphone chips. It comes with 72 GPU cores in a new ULP GeForce graphics processor, plus four ARM Cortex-A15 cores making it the first quad-core A15 chipset available; the low power companion core also makes a comeback in this chip.
The way Microsoft works with its hardware manufacturers fundamentally changed with the release of Windows RT. Now those longtime partners are figuring out how to deal with it.
I remember writing Intel and telling them that, from a tablet perspective, the Windows 8 launch might as well have been a Windows RT launch. By the time October 23rd rolled around, the only Windows tablets we had in for review were ARM based and running Windows RT. I even resorted to borrowing an unfinished Clover Trail tablet just so we'd have something to put Surface RT's performance in perspective at launch.
Yesterday it was reported that Nokia is working on a Windows RT tablet, and now it appears another company known for its smartphones may be joining in on the Windows RT tablet game.
After shutting down the project earlier this year, Nokia is rumored to have restarted development of a 10-inch Windows RT tablet, which could be announced at Mobile World Congress.
Forget for a moment that it won't run Windows apps, starts at $200 more than Kindle Fire HD and doesn't have a Facebook app. The consensus among those who purchased Microsoft's Windows 8 tablet from Best Buy is that it is pretty much the best computing device in history.
According to Dealnews, the price of the Microsoft Surface could fall by almost 38% in two months. We may see a repeat of the scenario witnessed with the Blackberry Playbook.Things have not been exactly as Microsoft has been planning.