Microsoft to update Surface tablets

Microsoft is in the process of updating its range of Surface tablets following disappontingly weak sales of the original models, the updates to include faster processors and higher-resolution screens and cameras.

Both the ARM-based Windows RT version and Intel-powered Windows 8 edition are being upgraded. Microsoft recently posted a $900m writedown after building more of the first-generation RT versions than it could sell.

Windows-based tablets accounted for a 7% share of global shipments between April and June 2013, according to a study by the tech advisory service Gartner, while Android-based tablets achieved a 48% share and Apple’s iPads a 45% of the market.

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