Nvidia CEO suggests second generation of Microsoft Surface tablets

Microsoft is working on a sequel to the poor selling Surface RT with a prominent chip partner confirming it’s striving to make the new device a success.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed to CNET that his company is “working really hard” on the next generation of Surface tablets to try and ensure they are more of a success than the current batch.

"Now we're going to bring it with the second-generation Surface. We're working really hard on it, and we hope that it's going to be a big success," Huang told CNET.

Huang also confirmed the new Surface tablet will have support for Microsoft Outlook, something that wasn’t available on the Surface RT tablet, which reportedly runs on Nvidia ARM-based chips.

Rumours surrounding a new line of Surface RT tablets started in June as various sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans commented that a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor would replace the Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset used on the current Surface RT.

Other changes that have been mooted include upgrading the OS to Windows 8.1 as well as the prospect of smaller screen versions of the Surface RT and Surface Pro hitting the market.

The first Surface RT was first released in a handful of countries, including the UK, on October 26 last year. Since then it has seen various cuts in price in an attempt to boost sales of the device with up to £120 shaved off the retail cost of the device.

The price cuts did nothing to arrest its decline with the firm’s Q2 earnings showing a $900 million [£590 million] charge for “Surface RT inventory adjustments” and IDC estimates suggest the tablet accounted for just 1.8 per cent of the market in Q1 2013.

Nvidia, meanwhile, may be developing its own line of tablets or slates with reports suggesting there are “plans to launch a high-end tablet” in the early part of 2014.

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