Poor sales may have caused a slash in the price Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet, but that hasn’t diminished hope for its future.
In a recent interview with CNET, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says the company is “working really hard” at a next-generation Surface. Met with appalling sales, Microsoft was forced to write down $900 million for the Surface RT last month, later revealing that the company had generated $853 million from Surface RT and Surface Pro since they went on sale last fall. Still, the chipmaker—who provided the processor for the RT—is hopeful about a Surface sequel.
Of course, with any second generation product, companies attempt to debug the problems found in version one. One of RT’s bigger problems was the lack of Outlook on the device (the version ran on ARM-based chips instead of Intel). Now, Huang feels that including the mail application may be “the killer app” for Windows 8.1.
“Now we’re going to bring it with the second-generation Surface,” Huang said. “We’re working really hard on it, and we hope that it’s going to be a big success.”
While it’s been assumed that Microsoft had some new Surfaces cooking, Nvidia’s confirmation fuels the fire that the tech titans are busy at work on multiple versions of the tablets. The Verge reports that Microsoft has been testing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor and is also believed to be prepping a 7- or 8-inch Surface (the current Surface’s screen is set at 10.6 inches). It’s also likely that Microsoft will continue to collaborate with Nivida and Qualcomm on future products.