Report: Microsoft Surface Mini Is Back In Production, Releasing This Summer

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. There were reports that Surface Mini production was put on hold temporarily. Today, @evleaks reported that Microsoft has resumed the production of Surface Mini and it is expected to be released this Summer. At the time of release, Microsoft is also expected to ship Office Gemini release which will include Touch based Office suite for Windows devices.

So, we are just few months away from the device launch! 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)
  • 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)

Source: @evleaks

  • Zicoz

    Might want to remove the Ships in June part

    • cybersaurusrex

      June 2015. lol

  • Omega Ra

    Yeah, already July hard to ship it in June unless it is June 2015

  • Wtechrover

    When does the Summer end in the US?
    Biggest news is in fact Office Gemini (touch based) shipping this Summer.

  • bibleverse1

    Price will probably more than I want to pay.

  • skruis

    I can’t imagine that they’re going to launch this thing for more than $250. The pen (which we know is $50) and cover (Not a keyboard cover, just a cover – $50) will cost extra and bring the total up to $350.

    • Bugbog

      More likely the device will be $299 – $350, with the Pen inclusive and the Cover costing $49.99.

      • skruis

        Bundling the pen would make sense if it is sold as a note taking device but I see this, for my usage and for a lot of other Surface customers, as being a complimentary device to a SP3 used primarily as a laptop replacement and in that case, you already have a pen and would be implicitly paying for a 2nd one with the Mini. Bundling makes sense but I do anticipate a pen-less option being available.

  • iamwarpath

    Why to pick this over the Lenovo ThinkPad 8?

    • icanhazinternet

      Plenty of reasons. Too many to type out here. Made a list of them and stuck them here:

      • iamwarpath

        That was very helpful, thank you.

    • skruis

      Lenovo has, for me, been really iffy with their product support. I’ve helped 2 clients purchase TPT2’s and each of them had issues with their tablets. The first had to be replaced multiple times because of defective power buttons and the 2nd simply refuses to turn on…at all, the warranty has expired and the cost to repair is too high compared to purchasing a new tablet. I feel burned by Lenovo.

      On the other hand, I’ve owned 2 Surface Pro’s (1, 3) and 2 Surface RT’s and know others that own Surface devices and not one has reported issues to me … and the updates to the devices are rolled out via Windows Update on a monthly basis so the update process is pretty seamless.

  • icanhazinternet

    Would really like to see the pen upgraded to include some sort of rechargeable battery instead of the AAAA requirements on the old one. If it has the new touch Office that we’ve been hearing about – this should be a winner.