Microsoft is widely expected to unveil its first-generation Surface mini tablet during a press conference on Tuesday. The device is thought to feature a display that measures approximately 8 inches diagonally, and it is also said to include a Qualcomm processor instead of an Nvidia chipset like the ones that powered Microsoft’s earlier Windows RT tablets. According to a new report, however, a refresh of one of Microsoft’s current tablets could steal the show.

A pair of reports that popped up this past weekend reaffirm earlier rumors suggesting a new Surface Pro 3 tablet could also be introduced during Tuesday’s press conference.

First, Paul Thurrott of Supersite for Windows reported that the new Surface Pro tablet model will feature a larger display than current models, which include a 10-inch screen. He also claims the new third-generation Surface Pro will be thinner than the first and second versions.

A separate report from WPCentral claims the new Surface Pro 3 will be made available in four colors — black, purple, cyan and red — and will be sold in the following five configurations:

  • i3-4GB RAM-64GB – $799
  • i5-4GB RAM-128GB – $999
  • i5-8GB RAM-256GB – $1299
  • i7-8GB RAM-256GB – $1549
  • i7-8GB RAM-512GB – $1949

The blog also noted that the new Surface Pro 3 may feature a tweaked design with a narrower bezel around the display, a larger screen than the current Pro model, and a Windows button that has been relocated to one of the vertical bezels — an odd choice, if true, for a tablet with a larger display.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.