Surface, ARMH or INTC based, it does not matter. No one wants MSFT tablets.
@@@@@$853M A piddling amount of revenue that’s less than the $900 million write-down Microsoft took to reflect unsold inventory of Surface RT, the tablet the company insists consumers really want. Microsoft didn’t disclose actual Surface sales figures in the filing, but given the revenue number here, rumors of unit sales of between 1.5 million and 1.7 million may well be accurate. That’s a particularly sad showing for the tablet, given the blustering smack-talk with which Microsoft launched the device.
Again, the main weakness to the Surface Pro and other Core tablets/hybrids were the battery life and price. Intel has fix these with Haswell. Check out the MacBook Air, its battery life improved from 7 hours to 12 hours. The surface pro will see similar improvements. I suspect the Haswell version of the surface pro will have 10 hours battery life. As for price, Intel has stated that with Haswell, prices will drop as low as $599.
There will be some amazing Haswell products coming into the market. We have already seen a few - Samsung ATIV Q, Dell XPS 11, Asus Transformer Book Trio...just to name a few. These incredibily thin devices in hybrid and 2in1 form factors that offer 'the best of both worlds' - tablet and laptop. On top of this, Intel devices offer dual boot - ability to run both Android and full windows 8 at the same time. Check out the Trio and Q for details.
Then we have BAY TRAIL coming out. These will compete directly with arm for tablets and more affordable 2in1s. It's obvious that Windows RT has failed so this means that Intel will have the Windows market to itself. And with Bay Trial (and Y-Series Haswell), Intel will go after the Android tablet market as well!
Then there's next year when Intel releases Merrifield and Broadwell...