AdDuplex, which bills itself as "the largest cross promotion network for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps," is reporting sightings of several mysterious new Surface devices based on results from  "393 Windows Store apps running AdDuplex SDK over the course of one day of August 24th, 2013."

Here's the direct quote from their blog: 

We don’t have any deep details but we regularly see devices named Microsoft Corporation Surface 2 and Microsoft Corporation Surface with Windows 8.1 Pro. The first one definitely looks like a new device, but the second one theoretically could be just a change in what Surface Pro with Windows 8.1 installed reports. That said, as far as we can tell, the preview version of 8.1 didn’t change the reported string. So it’s either the RTM (or just a later build) that did that or it’s a new version of Surface Pro altogether.

The blog also claims to have have evidence of a new Windows 8/RT device from Nokia. UPDATE: The Verge is reporting that the Nokia RT device is a 10.1 inch tablet codenamed Sirius that looks like a Lumia smartphone. (Wonder what SiriusXM thinks of that name?) The most shocking line is the revelation that the Sirius will be priced comparably to the iPad. $499? For Win RT? What are they smoking?

We've been hoping that the impending Windows 8.1 release would be accompanied by new art-friendly hardware, so this is welcomed news indeed. 

AuthorRick Rodriguez