Microsoft to Ditch NVIDIA and Intel with 2nd Gen. Surface

Consolation Prize for Intel?

It looks like Microsoft wants to cast NVIDIA and Intel out of its second generation Surface plans, in a likely effort to cut cost of hardware (on its end anyway). On the receiving end of things at their expense are AMD and Qualcomm. Redmond also plans 14.6-inch Surface Book. Turning the rumor mill is a leak from @MS_nerd, a fairly reliable source of leaks from Redmond.

The second generation Surface line of products, slated for next year, will see a Qualcomm-made chipset (probably just Snapdragon quad-core), replace NVIDIA Tegra 3 in the Surface RT; and AMD's "Temash" line of low-power quad-core APUs replace Intel Core i5 ULV dual-core in Surface Pro.

The Surface RT 2.0 will be built into the 8.9-inch form-factor, breaking away from the current 10.6-inch common physical size between the Surface RT and Pro. The 8.9-inch display could end up with higher pixel density, if it retains its current 1366 x 768 pixels resolution. The Surface Pro, on the other hand, could feature a larger 11.6-inch display. Since it's already beaming out 1920 x 1080 pixels, we don't expect the resolution to go up. If anything, the move toward a larger display is to spice up its desktop/laptop credentials.

The last sack of flour from the rumor mill reads that Microsoft is working on an even larger 14.6-inch device called Surface Book. In all likelihood, this could be a hybrid-Ultrabook with a solid keyboard/trackpad. Fortunately for Intel, it retains the powerful Core i5 "Haswell" processor.