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Fresh Microsoft Surface Patent Hints at POS Support for Microsoft Tablet PCs

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft should have a Surface event going on early next month and while we may see some innovation there for products like the Surface Pro and Surface Book, accessories and connectivity will also get a bump up. A recent patent even hints at POS support for Microsoft tablet PCs.

A patent dating from back in February 2018 mentions “Computing Devices, Removable Support Devices and Method of Use”, hinting at hooking up multifaceted connectors to the Surface and getting rid of the kickstand. Attachments may include POS devices, barcode scanners, card readers and more. Extra fingerprint scanners or even some sort of wireless chargers for phones come to mind.

It could also open the door to modularity for components, even though that sounds a little bit too good for Microsoft. The company has an event scheduled for October 2nd 2018 and it could bring extra business and enterprise features then. I expect a new Surface Dial, a new Surface Pen, new mice, keyboards and more. I’m not sure that canning the kickstand is a good idea, since it was a bit of a trademark for the Surface Pro tablets.

 

However extra connectors in this day and age is always a welcome idea and something that Apple clearly wouldn’t do. Unless they really pull off the iPad Pro USB Type-C thing and even that’s not sure. Since Surface Pro tablets were already used for business purposes, more attachments can’t hurt.

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Microsoft Surface Event Taking Place on October 2nd; Here’s What’s Expected There

By Radu Iorga

After finding out that Apple is going to show new iPads on September 12th and Google also has an event on October 9th, it’s now the turn of Microsoft to come up with something special. They will be debuting new Surface devices at an event that has just been confirmed for October 2nd. We have details below.

The event takes place in New York and by the way the source has been informed that it’s very likely we won’t be seeing any trace of Surface Phone/Andromeda there. Still, there could be updates within the Surface series. I’m talking about a new Surface Studio, that has yet to updated sever since late 2016. A new Surface Pro is also due an update, since it was last bumped up in May 2017.

Plus, a new Surface Laptop is due a Core i9 or NVIDIA RTX treatment. We could also see 8th gen Intel CPUs inside, more RAM, higher resolutions and improved batteries and touchpads. New accessories will also appear, like the Surface Mouse, Pen or Dial. Intel added two extra cores to its processor lineup since the last Surface models came out, so an upgrade is required.

The last Microsoft hardware that came out was the Surface Go, but I haven’t seen much online traction for it so far. The Surface Pro is still one of the best performing tablets on the market, so that’s why its upgrade is so interesting. I also expect to see a demo of the future version of Windows 10.

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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: Microsoft Surface Go Unboxing and Review

By Tim

This one comes to us from AMDTech where we always get unbiased  and honest reviews with plenty of info! Today he took a peek at the new Microsoft Surface Go Tablet/2 in 1 PC and did a great review as usual.

The Microsoft Surface Go starts off at about $399 which is great for a pretty darned good 10 inch tablet. Of course to be useful the price shoots up for more storage and the keyboard/stylus.

For a certain segment, such as artists, college students who need to take notes or simply write papers, this might just be the ticket. Of course there is a huge price curve as you get the larger storage/keyboard/stylus.

All in all however I would say this is quite a decent effort on Microsoft’s part to put for a decent, small productivity machine.

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Microsoft Surface Go Teardown Gets Worst Score Ever From iFixit; Very Hard to Repair

By James A.

Microsoft’s latest device, the Surface Go has started selling this week in the USA and as expected it was put through a variety of tests. One of them failed heavily, as the device was put through a teardown by iFixit. They took apart the machine and gave it a score of 1 out of 10 for repairability.

There are multiple problems here, like the fact that the lack of upgradability will limit its lifespan. iFixit also found that the lack of modularity will make repairs very expensive. The adhesive is used in generous amounts for the display and battery, perhaps even more than other devices, more than the iPad even. Finally, if you want to replace any part you will need to remove the screen assembly and that may cause damage.

It’s also a pretty expensive component to replace. The Microsoft Surface Go 2 in 1 tablet went on sale in USA and Canada priced at $399 and if you’re going for manual repairs, it’s not going to be easy. One can only hope that the product won’t have many problems or reasons to go through repairs. iFixit found that there’s a long display cable that allows a pretty smooth removal of the display.

 

However, there’s also electromagnetic shielding that protects the screen’s ZIF connector and makes the process more challenging. The battery unit is annoyingly hard to remove on account of massive adhesive gobs used here. Expect a ton of shields, tape and screws holding down the motherboard. It’s as if Microsoft wanted to make the device unfixable and un-upgradable…

We also learned that the device has no heat pipes to dissipate heat from the components crammed inside. It relies on a thermal paste and copper shield for that purpose. Will these affect your buying intentions?

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Apple, Huawei and Microsoft on Upswing in Tablet Segment, in Spite of Trends

By James A.

Since it’s the start of a new month, it’s also the end of a fiscal quarter, which brings some sales figures and shipments. We’re here to tackle the tablet segment, which is as usual in a downturn, but some companies are still making a nice buck off it. Apple especially, having reached 1 trillion valuation recently and all.

The global tablet shipments are in and they’re showing a total of 40.9 million units shipped between April and June 2018. This means a decline of 6% compared to the same time frame in 2017. This is also the 14th consecutive quarter of things working badly, but there are also some silver linings. For example two of the top 5 companies managed to boost their shipments and share scores, even though the leader, Apple registered just a 1% growth year over year.

Apple remains on the top spot, with 11.6 million units shipped and a 28.2% market share, according to Strategy Analytics. Second placed is Samsung with 5 million units and a 12.2% share, down from the last year 5.8 million and 13.2% respectively. We also see Huawei here with positive numbers, of 3.7 million units and a share of 9.1%. This is up from the 3.2 million units of last year and the 7.3% share.

Lenovo dipped in the meantime by 200k units, while Amazon also dropped 500k and almost one point of market share. Microsoft, even though it’s not in the stats still had a total of 1 million unis shipped over the last quarter through the Surface Pro and Surface Book 2 products. The company is on a roll coming off of a straight double digit growth.

Now they also have the Surface Go to increase the handicap even more. Windows detachables are expect to have a boon this year and the next, till Google counters them with Chrome OS detachables.

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