Microsoft could be working on expanding its 2016 Surface Tablet lineup
According to rumors originating from Microsoft's supply chain in Taiwan, the company has begun ordering 13 inch and 14 inch touchscreen displays, that could be used in the production of two bigger versions of the Surface tablet.
In its base configurations, the Surface features a 10 inch display with full HD Plus resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels. The pro version features a 12 inch screen capable of a 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution, powered by an Intel HD Graphics 4200 GPU.
There has been plenty of talk around the release of a Surface Pro 4, which could potentially happen this Fall. With that in mind, it's entirely possible that Microsoft could be considering an upgrade to its current line of Surface tablets, in the wake of a potential iPad Pro announcement.
An alternative scenario could see the introduction of two “Plus” versions to the current lineup, with upgraded specs, on top of the entry-level 10 and 12 inch models. The latter possibility would make a “Surface Plus”, and “Surface Pro Plus”, very appealing to business users, and power users. These iterations would most definitely receive hardware to match, such as the upcoming Intel Skylake processor, and nVidia GPU, as well as hefty memory options, bringing these two models into desktop replacement territory.
While we don’t expect confirmation, one way or another, sooner than this Fall, the popular trend set forth by Apple, with its 12 inch MacBook Retina, is geared towards providing as many options as possible to consumers, by offering wider selection of screen sizes and specs.