Microsoft was expected to announce a Surface Mini device at an press event on May 20th. But, it never happened as Microsoft chose to announce only the Surface Pro 3 device. Later we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. Microsoft didn’t want to repeat the same mistake it did with Surface RT. Another report claimed that information from supply chain of component manufacturers hints us that the device might be coming later this year. Neowin reported that Microsoft has already produced thousands of units and Microsoft has just delayed it to offer more compelling product in the market after sometime.
Earlier this month, the existence of Surface Mini was confirmed by the user guide released for Surface Pro 3. In some places, Microsoft has mentioned Surface Mini instead of Surface Pro 3.
Today, Digitimes reported the information which we already know about Surface Mini as per their sources,
Microsoft reportedly has called off a plan to mass produce its small-size Surface Mini tablet because of fierce compeition in the small-size tablet segment, as well as negative responses from its brand vendor clients, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Microsoft has finished developing the Surface Mini and also completed the product tests; however, mass production did not start as scheduled in May, the sources said, adding Microsoft still paid the costs for the module development and production equipment, the sources said.
They also added that Microsoft may not even launch it to the market at all. My guess is that Microsoft has just delayed the project and the product launch is still in the cards. What do you think?
Based on previous rumors, here are the details about the upcoming 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)