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Microsoft all set to announce new Windows devices at Computex

Computex is always an interesting show and while some of the products that end up appearing there tend to never see the light of day, Microsoft has taken to Twitter to tease the fact they have some new Windows devices to announce at the show. No further details were given beyond the image shared, but that's enough of a tease to make us wonder. We won't speculate what they're teasing but we'll be following along so stay tuned on June 3-4th or let us know below what you think it may be they're hinting at.

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Microsoft all set to announce new Windows devices at Computex

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The devices that will be shown here are unlikely to be Microsoft products. Maybe some new accessories. But no devices. All new devices announced here will be from OEMs. Which is still pretty exciting. I'm still waiting for someone to bring an 7-8 inch Windows device that is better than the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 spec-wise.

Microsoft has taken to Twitter to tease the fact they have some new Windows devices

I would wager you are wrong on both accounts. The wording specifically states Microsoft shall be the party with the announcement(s), and that there will be [Windows-Powered] devices in said announcements.

The twitter account is called @MicrosoftOEM. They will not show any Microsoft devices. At best they will show some new accessory. Don't be stupid.

You're being stupid.  They will surely show partner devices.  "Windows devices" has never ever been used to describe accessories.

We'll see. OEM technically encompasses Microsoft, since they too are an Original Equipment Manufacturer. Furthermore, acessories does NOT encompass "Windows Devices", which are defined as devices running Windows, with exception to ones powered by Windows such as a smartwatch or HUD.

 

Also, it's not nice to call names. It surprises me stupid is even allowed in comments since it gets filtered in the forums.

Are you crazy, any 8" 3rd gen Atom based windows tablet is light years better than any android/ios tablet. They are mini pc's. The Asus Vivotab Note 8 has a wacom digitize

That would be awesome but I'm pretty sure this is just a new HP tablet.

Notice how they said 'new Windows Devices' (with an s :) ).

HP puts buttons like that on their tablets so that's my guess.

I hope to God that it is a Surface Phone. I hope that they have a 5.8" screen, with the same VapMg material, a 25 mpx Preview camera, 805 chip in it, and either a kickstand or pen. Then have it on both At&t & Verizon.

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Looks like the fully-developed RT 8-incher got scotched a few weeks from announcement.  You'll likely have to wait for either a full Win 8 implementation (possible because Dell's already done it), or for what was RT becoming the integrated tab environment of WinPhone, ala separate Apple iPhone and iPad apps...

...and that last is likely a year away....

yes, they're terrible compared to Core processors and even the horrible Celeron is faster than the Atoms/Bay Trail.  Bay Trail is okay for web browsing, Office, music, videos, etc.  But not for any real work or any major programs like Photoshop.

If the benchmark is tablet computing, then Atoms are fine.  But if the benchmark is real computing, Atoms are not good.

I run AutoCAD and PhotoShop on my Dell venue 8 pro with no issues......i wouldn't try to build 3d models or anything really teaching, but c'mon mass, the thing is 8" and only cost 200$

They never said it was the thinnest Intel device, they said it was the "thinnest Intel Core device." The Intel Atom chips don't count towards that category. Not to mention the Atom processors kind of suck compared to the i3, i5, and i7 available in Surface Pro 3.

I agree. I just want a thin, light consumption tablet with Windows RT. I do think though that Microsoft should just get rid of the desktop on RT. It's unnecessary and probably just confuses people.

I like having access to desktop... but I agree that it probably confuses people and causes unrealistic expectations.

Unless you dock it.  There is something to be said for having your entire PC in your pocket, then you get home/work and simply dock it to a larger screen/keyboard/mouse and can keep going.

True, but "bloated" is very inaccurate. A mini tablet with full Windows is perfect in my case because I do most of my computing on a desktop, and have no need for a full fledged laptop. And anyway, the full OS doesn't get in the way at all, so I don't see the problem. Just like it says in the commercial: A laptop when you need it and a tablet when you WANT it.

Agree with you...i guess everyone has their use case scenario. I just see RT as a fail....doesn't differentiate itself enough; i feel the average consumer would lose interest. full windows 8 I can see myself connecting to a bigger screen...at least knowing I can run legacy apps.maybe nice if came with a stylus as well.

yeah, they're already planning to discontinue RT and merge RT and windows phone. the desktop OS must also be connected somehow, but there's still no way they'd get rid of the classic desktop.

Correction: Your definition of a Tablet. I have used a Tablet PC since 2002 and all of them used Windows (XP, Vista, W7 and W8).
I do not need a " Media consumption device".

Surface mini will definitely not be full windows. That's 99% guaranteed. If I were you I would start looking at other options. Like the Lenovo ThinkPad 8. Which is pretty awesome.

That's a very interesting placement of the volume rocker and power button. I assume its to give the device a very thin edge? Limits ports though...

Honestly it reminds me where HP places their buttons.

Could this just be a new HP tablet?

Does it have to necessarily be a Microsoft made tablet?

This is the Surface Miracast dongle/adapter that was reference recently.  Looks like a remote is being shown for it.  That's my speculation of course but I feel it's a pretty safe bet.  Surface Cast or something like that will probably be the name. 

I hope they don't release the Surface Mini until Windows 9.  Microsoft doesn't need another product to stagnate on shelves.  WIthout the Threshold convergence of Windows Phone and Windows RT then it wouldn't have a chance of mainstream success. 

Out of all of the speculations in this comment section yours seems like the most plausible. Not so sure I agree with you on the surface mini thing though.

Not so sure I agree with you on the surface mini thing though.

I assume it'll come out with Gemini Microsoft Touch Office Suite THIS fall but I wish they would just wait to benchmark Windows 9.  There's not enough to do with Windows RT or even full Windows on an 8" screen.  The apps aren't there so they atleast need a large chunk of the ones available on Windows Phone converted over.  Oh well, excited for the announcement.  I've greatly enjoyed Microsoft over these past two years. 

The narrow bottom placement made me think.
I first thought of a smartwatch, since tablets and phones have more than enough space on the side.
But your guess sounds good too

Now there's an idea... A 8" Xbox one mini tablet with wireless controller support that would allow you to sync your games, music, and TV/movie through your Xbox account so you can take the Xbox one experience with you everywhere... With a kickstand, of course!

Surface mini. For sure. The profile is thin and they have finally taken that limitation from the full sized USB slots on the surface rt and 2

The device with the switch, volume rocker, and button? Could very much be along the back edge of a tablet thin enough that buttons couldn't fit on the sides.
(Or it could just be some remote, maybe for that Miracast dongle.)

My HP recline 27 (win 8.1 touchscreen) all-in-one is almost perfect, but there's no physical volume control on the unit. You either have to go to desktop etc or break our the huge ugly keyboard to adjust the volume. Wish those keys were on the back of my aio

Would it be too much to ask for a new phone ?  some upgrade on the 930, a 5" screen, 1080 display based on the new 64bit CPU from Intel, a 20MP Pureview camera, 32GB of storage with a micro SD card.  I'd upgrade tonight if I could.

At first I thought the bottom image was a remote but looks like side of device. Microsoft already announced the surface 3 and this looks like a big device. Surface aio?

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A remote for the miracast dongle? I thought they used the same tegra chip as nvidia's shield which does have miracast. Hope they announce a surface mini running rt that would be the perfect companion device.

Edit: Now that I think about it, it could be an Aio as that is the only thing missing from the surface line up.

Most likely, the Surface Mini.  Less likely, but plausable, a MS branded phone (before the Nokia Mobile acquisition).

 

Surface Mini just might be unveiled at a show like this instead of a MS-keynote. It's less pretentious and I don't see how you do a 60-70 minute keynote about a mini tablet.

Honestly it looks like a possible HP device.

That's where they have put their buttons in the past. It also didn't mention that what they were announcing was made by Microsoft.

So a new HP tablet is my guess.

Hope so a surface mini. Or maybe a new WINDOWS surface phone or I guess a hybrid computer monitor all in one. Last , will be a smart watch. lovely!

It's got the two thin slots on the bottom that look like the placeholders for a magnetic keyboard cover. The other image can't be a remote because if you look carefully, you'll see that it's back surface (sorry) guys on way beyond the width of a remote. So it's most likely the mini, or some competitor to the mini from HP our similar. I vote Surface Mini.

I'm guessing a Surface Mini. I'd love there to be a Surface Phone but so close to the Nokia acquisition I'm guessing that won't come until the end of 14 or beginning of 15.

 

You're absolutely right. Taking a quick look at the history on the twitter account - it is 100% third party (HP, Lenovo, Dell, etc.) devices. Not even a single tweet on the Surface Pro 3 announcement earlier this month.

Article seems to be unnecessarily misleading. This tweet in no way implies a Microsoft branded device.

Well @MicrosoftOEM is a certified twitter account so I do think it is legit. It looks like it will be another Surface tablet, We all have to assume it will be the Surface Mini because it is too early for a Surface phone or Microsoft phone (via nokia). It would nice to see a smart watch since they are reportedly trying to get one out sometime during the summer. I think it is more likely we will see the Surface mini and Touch Office

I can not understand that there's still not ONE bay trail hybrid with 64-bit windows and 4gb ram (and 1080p but not monstrous in size). And I mean a real hybrid like the t100, all other concepts are half-baked. The t100 is the most successful windows 8 device, this ultrabookesque hybrid is the winning concept but the product range is ridiculously small.

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Id love to see a surface phone by Microsoft Mobile Oy. But with the current Surface prices im sure anything surface would be FAR from affordable. 

I hate the Surface 3 Pro pricing, its not for common consumers. 

Theres nothing premium about specs, features and capabilities in technologoy that was in Laptops 3-5 years ago. Especially with a 12" inch screen.

Your being charged for mobility, pen support and slight innovation. 

Not consumer friendly at all, just mostly rich consumers. I personally dont know anyone who can just drop $850 to $2000 on a hybrid. $300 - $600 more reasonable like HP.

C'mon people. Using desktop Windows in an 8 inch tablet must be a pain. It's useless. They're obviously waiting for Office Touch to be ready. And with the new SDK for WP and Windows 8.1 I bet the 8 inch RT would start a new wave of apps coming to the platform. I would want one.

Dell has said they were going to be introducing some new products at the show, tablets and other products.