Okay, so we know that when it comes to tablet devices Apple and Samsung are at the top of their game, but Microsoft has been trying their best to get in on the game as well. You may be familiar with the Surface Pro, and while some of you will say that this is not a tablet, it’s still going to eat into the market a little because of its portability factor, as it’s much smaller and lighter than a notebook.
Now you may not agree but the Surface Pro 2 will still have to contend with the iPad 5 and the Nexus 11 (if that’s what it will be called), as they could all be released around the same time, with the exception of the Pro 2, as this could be released a few months later.
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Some of you may still wonder how the Surface Pro 2 will be a rival to the next-generation iPad, and we can tell you that we believe the Surface Pro 2 is expected to be a slimmer, more powerful device. While it will have better performance than the iPad 5, it still has its limitations, and this is why they could be rivals.
So how will the Surface Pro 2, iPad 5 and Nexus 11 compare in terms of their expected specs? We hope to see the next-gen Surface Pro come with a Haswell processor, but there is still a chance that it will pack the same processor in order to keep costs down. However, as we said above the design should be much thinner and lighter, although the biggest upgrade would have to be to battery performance and better software management.
As for the iPad 5, it’s clear that Apple would like to mimic the design of the iPad mini, so we should see a thinner bezel, which would allow the next-gen iPad to be smaller while still maintaining the same screen size. The A7 chip should keep things running, and we hope to see even more RAM to help speed things up a little. However, the biggest upgrade will be to its software, as it will be running iOS 7.
Finally we have the supposed Nexus 11, again we’re not even certain if this will be its name, but there’s a good chance it will be. The screen is said to measure 11 inches and be the direct successor to the Nexus 10. It’s said that the screen resolution will be the same, if not better than its predecessor and make use of PLS technology. The Exynos 5 Octa 5410 CPU should run the show and we hope to see an 8-megapixel camera to the rear and support for a microSD card this time. As for software, the smart money would be to say the Nexus 11 will make use of Android 4.3 and not 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
Again, this is only information gathered from rumors we’ve heard over the past few months, but who knows, some of them may stick.