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Windows Central Podcast 91: A new 10-inch Surface?

We're back with another exciting episode of the Window Central Podcast. This week, editors Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden talk rumors regarding a new 10-inch Surface powered by an Intel Core M chip, and our thoughts on the future of Windows 10 and how/why Microsoft is beginning to position it as an OS for productivity. We also talk about the HP Envy x2, Windows 10 on ARM, and the new Xbox Accessibility Controller!

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Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Should just call the smaller Surface ... Surface
  • This is Andromeda
  • No its not
  • Maybe, just like it used to be. My own alternative is to call it Surface Slate. I'm actually starting to think of Surface Pro to be renamed. Since "Pro" don't really stand out what the form factor is. Before it make sense because there is only 2 Surface devices, and one have Pro edition which later became 12 inch tablet we know today and non-Pro. Though if they will just name this 10 inch tablet as Surface, then Pro still make sense a bit.
  • Surface mini
  • Cliché
  • No, Surface mini is 8"
    This is 10", like Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface 3, Surface Pro, and Surface Pro 2
  • Yeah, not to mention calling it Mini for 10 inch device is still too big. Either call it just 'Surface' like it used to or something else. I vote for 'Surface Slate' .
  • What is that one thing that Windows can do collab-wise that other platforms cannot? Serious question. Oh sharing.. just like every other platform?
  • Surface 4 obviously
  • They should drop the number, like they did for Surface Pro, and simply call it 'Surface'.
  • Surface 2018 :D like pro 2017
  • Dropping a number makes it inconsistent from Surface Book that uses numbers. Also it also it lacks an official marketing name which leaves retailers to add year or even number on their own, which can be confusing. Not to mention year is too wordy.
  • They really should launch it with Snapdragon 845, there is no intel chip, for good batterylife or performance as low cost. Only Core M, but thats expensive and still not good battery life. And snapdragon 845 is really strong
  • It seems like they do this so they can sell it without LTE. Not sure but maybe Qualcomm only license you the SoC and must have LTE module for 845, idk. Snapdragon chips are cheaper though which can contribute to reduce cost. Though maybe Microsoft markets this Surface to be still suited to run desktop apps and thus not relying on emulation. Probably eventually they will on next release after this when there is a number of recompiled desktop apps for ARM64. I wish it was just Snapdragon SoC, since battery life is highly beneficial. It will also help pushing developers to recompile their desktop apps but quicker. It will also make the Surface device way thinner.