Microsoft is rumored to also be betting on larger tablets to find new buyers.
The Tablet market is in a slump. New focus on business users is supposedly a new attempt to renew interest in tablets. Apple is rumored to unveil a 12.9-inch iPad Pro on September 9th. According to a new report from the Taiwanese supply chain, Microsoft is planning to offer a larger version of the upcoming Surface Pro 4 tablet.
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Digitimes reports that a 13- to 14-inch Surface tablet will be unveiled in an October event.
Large tablets have their appeal not just for business users but also prosumers. The concept has potential to drive renewed tablet sales. The larger models will also command a much higher price tag, giving manufacturers room to improve margins.
Microsoft has had good success with the Surface tablet line so far and Windows 10 should give the tablet a new push. Microsoft is still far behind the Apple iPad sales. Apple's iPad sales in the Holiday quarter 2014 totaled $8.9 billion.
Microsoft Surface sales topped $1 billion in last year's Holiday shopping quarter. With Windows 10 and the release of the new Surface 4, Microsoft could double that.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 start at $799 and range up to $1,949. The big Surface Pro 4 tablet will likely push the entry price to $1,000 and will top out in max. configuration at over $2,000.
According to the Digitimes report, Amazon will also release a large Amazon Fire tablet with a 12-inch screen.