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Microsoft expected to improve display on Surface 2 tablet

Microsoft is set to announce new Surface products on Monday.

Microsoft is set to announce new Surface products on Monday.

(Credit: Microsoft)

The next version of Microsoft’s Surface RT is expected to finally go high-resolution, according to DisplaySearch, making it more competitive with Android and Apple offerings.

“What we’re seeing is that it’s 1,920×1,080,” Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, told CNET.

This echoes earlier reports that cite a “full HD” display.

Other rumored specs, first reported at NeoWin.net, include an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor — matching Android tablets like the new Asus Transformer Pad — two-step style kickstand, and possibly 4GB of memory

In the past, Microsoft has characterizedSurface RT as a pure tablet play, while theSurface Pro leans more toward a PC.

The Pro already boasts a 1,920x,1,080 display. But all of those pixels are pushed around by an Intel Ivy Bridge processor.

The Tegra 3 chip on the first-generation Surface RT isn’t as capable as Intel’s chip. So, Surface RT to date has been saddled with a standard 1,366×768 resolution on a 10.6-inch display. A faster Tegra 4 chip, however, should be up to the task.

Even at this higher resolution — with a projected pixel density of a little over 200 pixels per inch — a gen 2 Surface RT wouldn’t match that of high-profile tablets in the 10-inch class market, like the iPad 4 and Google Nexus 10. They have pixel densities of 264 and 300 pixels per inch, respectively.

Microsoft will host an event on Monday during which new Surface products are expected to be rolled out.

The company declined to comment.

Surface RT.Surface RT.

(Credit: Microsoft)

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