Another Report Claims Microsoft Will Reveal New Surface Pro Device Which Is Both Bigger And Thinner Than Surface Pro 2

Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft will reveal a new Surface device with large screen size than the current models. The device will come with lots of internal spec options starting from Core i3 which will cost $799 to Core i7/512GB model which will cost $1949. Today, Winsupersite also reported that Microsoft will reveal a bigger display size Surface device at Tuesday’s event.

Sources tell me that Microsoft plans to launch a new Surface Pro model on Tuesday that is both bigger and thinner than the current Surface Pro 2. Beyond that, I don’t have too many new details, but I’m wondering whether the new device is an additional model and not a replacement for Surface Pro 2.

Along with the new Surface Pro device, Microsoft will also reveal the rumored Surface Mini:

  • No built in Kickstand
  • An accessory cover will work as a kickstand
  • Likely to be available in Silver, similar to the Surface 2
  • ARM based device (Windows RT)
  • Ships in June
  • 7.5-inch device
  • 1440 x 1080 display
  • 4:3 aspect ratio similar to iPad (unlike 16:9 Surface & Surface Pro)
  • Active Pen support (similar to Surface Pro)
  • Ships by end of June

From earlier reports it is likely that the Surface Mini is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, differing from the Surface 2 which is based on the NVIDIA Tegra processor. It is likely other specifications will match with the Surface 2 and the Surface Mini will come in 32GB/64GB variants and with 2GB RAM. It is unlikely the first version of the Surface Mini will have LTE support at launch, and it will likely come in the future.

Source: Winsupersite

  • Bugbog

    It’s nice how everyone is just grasping as to what sort of devices Microsoft will release!

  • RoadOfMajor

    I welcome the larger screen but those price tags make me wonder WTF Microsoft is smoking. The most expensive variant is the price of a MacBook Pro Retina.

    • Orc

      It basicly is a MacBook Pro from a hardware perspective.

      • Bchau

        With a touch screen that supports Wacom pen. And a detachable keyboard.

      • Joe_HTH

        The problem is the Surface tablets are selling enough to demand these kinds of prices. Personally, I think a 12 inch tablet is too big and pointless. At these prices, Microsoft is going to sell very little of these devices.

        • kcmatt

          I’ll buy one! Constant user of my Surface Pro, it’s an awesome device. All I could ask for would be longer battery life, slightly bigger screen, and thinner/lighter. Seems my prayers may have been answered!

  • Orc

    Why use 4:3 on the Mini? 16:10 is much better.

    People doesnt buy the Ipad mini because of 4:3 but despite 4:3.

    • rjmlive

      I have the Venue 8 Pro now, but I would like to see a 4:3 windows product. I like the format of the Ipad mini for web browsing.

    • Bchau

      I agree. 16:10 is better for viewing not just movies, but also web page and all the rest. It also means the devices would be slimmer and easier on the jacket pocket.

      • Joe_HTH

        Actually 16:9 is the best aspect ratio for movies and most games. Hell, even web browsing is better in my opinion. The entire point of a widescreen tablet is that you don’t ever have to use it in portrait mode, unless some game can only be played in portrait. I bet nobody ever wanted to turn their widescreen desktop monitor on it’s end and use it in portrait mode.

    • Ziam Abdul Haady

      The only advantage for 4:3 is portrait mode, which I believe is why they went with it. A smaller tablet is more often used in portrait mode than landscape.

  • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

    Thinner and without a kickstand… now it literally just is ”any other P.C.” (–_–)

    • Joe_HTH

      Only the Mini won’t have a kickstand.

  • Bchau

    I hope the tablet comes with built-in pen holder.

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  • John

    $1949 for i7, 8GB and 512GB is $400 more than a comparable MacBook air.

    • Ziam Abdul Haady

      Does the inclusion of a touch screen, a Wacom digitizer an pen justify that? Oh, and the build quality.

    • Joe_HTH

      Putting 512GB is a Surface Pro is pointless and adds way too much to the cost. 256GB is enough for the Pro. Hell, I would suggest 128GB plus support for a 128GB SD card is enough for the Pro. At least that would allow you to offer cheaper models.

  • TheCyberKnight

    The 4/3 screen ratio rumour is very suspicious. It would make application snapping especially diminished. I really hope they stick to the current Surface ratio.

  • NegLewis

    4:3 has more appeal because people do not need to update their apps for 2 formats.
    16:9 it’s harder. This means devs must have 2 scenarios with 2 layouts (UI) for their apps. Lazy… fkrs.

  • Joe_HTH

    Microsoft should have done two things.

    1. They should have waited until September or October, and released 10.6 inch Surface tablets with Broadwell. That will run cooler and provide better battery life due to the 14nm process.

    2. They should have only 3 tablets. A mini, a 10.6″ Surface, and a 11.6″ Surface Pro. The new Surface Pro should be $100 cheaper across the board. Microsoft hasn’t learned how to meet demand or how to distribute these tablets worldwide. Announcing 5 new Surface Pro tablets and a Surface Mini only complicates things for them. Things need to be simple until they figure out distribution and economics, because they clearly haven’t at this point.

    Why should a Surface Pro come with 5 different storage sizes? Make one single i5 model and stick 256GB in it and call it a day. At most offer two storage sizes, 128GB and 256GB. 512GB is pointless and way too expensive. 64GB should be relegated to the mini and the lower end Surface.

    I’m afraid these tablets are DOA because they’re too big and too damn expensive. Microsoft is not in a position to charge Apple like prices because the Surface tablets aren’t what you could call successful at this point. So do they want these tablets to be successful or do they want to continue wasting money. $800 for an i3 model is just idiot.

    This particular release sounds like a complete clusterfuck.