8-inch Surface Mini Will Run Windows RT On Qualcomm Processor, Launches Late This Year

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Little information is known regarding the Surface Mini.  We reported earlier that the 8-inch Surface Mini will not be unveiled at Microsoft’s Surface event later this month.  Previously rumors had emerged that the Surface RT 2 (Surface 2) would run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, this turned out to false, and the Surface 2 will continue to run on the Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset.  However, it appears the Surface Mini will utilize a QUALCOMM processor, which makes sense given the company’s close relation with Windows Phone.  New information has emerged confirming that the Surface Mini will run Windows RT 8.1.  Winsupersite reports:

It will ship this year, but a bit later than the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. It utilizes a Qualcomm processor, so it’s an ARM device and will be running Windows RT 8.1, not Windows 8.1. And it will indeed have an 8-inch screen.

Source: WinSuperSite

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  • CX1

    Hope it has digitizer support.

    • Ben A

      why, get a pro then

  • sri_tech

    Good to see they are continuing with RT tablets. But they need to price these things right.
    Price surface mini at $249 if it has 1200×800 display or $299 for FHD display.

    It has to compete against the retina iPAD which sells for $330. May be they held back the launch of this device to until iPAD mini announcement.

    Also, if 10 inch surface RT 2 did not sell well then they can lower the launch price of mini.

    I hope they will announce some big name apps and games for the fall.

    • Joe_HTH

      It needs to have at least 1366×768, and I think it needs to be 1080p. It’s hard to look at the Nexus 7 with 1080p screens at $250 and then see the Surface Mini 8″ tablet with a 1200×800 screen. Of course, the Surface Mini will have a better design and build quality.

      • Jimmy_Jangle

        “It needs to have at least 1366×768, and I think it needs to be 1080p”

        To be 1080p it needs to be at least 1920×1080.

        *Facepalms*

        • Guest

          I think you’re meant to read that as at least a), and preferably b). Not a) = b).

    • José Villaró

      Which retina iPad sells for $330??? The iPad mini is that price but it’s not a retina display

    • Ben A

      it shows that Microsoft is not giving up windows rt mobile tablet market, regardless what shitty ass tech reports and ignorant haters think. it shows Microsoft is stronger than what people think.

    • Cruncher

      You need to be careful. iPad mini has no Retina display, so it is kind of low resolution. Nexus 7 has FHD at $260 but it only has S4 Pro processor and no USB Host, HDMI, Office etc. If you expect the Surface mini to sport these features plus an Snapdragon 800, it will be quite a bit more expensive than Nexus 7 and in fact it has to.

      • Joe_HTH

        It could use the Snapdragon 600.

      • NGM123

        Toshiba Encore still looks the goods. X86, Bay Trail, HDMI, USB and $330

  • vmxr

    maybe they are giving nokia tablet a bit of space to sell more other than that i don’t see why holding back surface mini announcement along with surface 2 rt/pro

    • Joe_HTH

      The Nokia looks better than the Surface 2 based on the leaked specs. It has LTE, NFC, and uses the better Snapdragon 800 SOC. The only advantage is the Surface 2 will have 4GB of RAM.

      • vmxr

        i will wait for both then i’ll decide which one to get

      • Ben A

        choice is good. no comparison Nokia will soon be part of Microsoft early 2014. so competition is good between the two.

    • Ben A

      the announcement will be Surface 2 RT, Surface Pro 2 and surface mini. it wont make sense to make another surface event for mini.

  • Joe_HTH

    They should be using BayTrail in the Surface 2 and use the Tegra 4 in the Surface Mini.

    • Ben A

      no because it makes perfect sense to add windows rt which is mobile and compact and great for small tablets not slapping massive windows 8 os that would ruin desktop experience, and experience will be utter shit.

    • Cruncher

      No, because I do want to have a GPU on par with Tegra 4 on the Surface 2 or at least in close proximity (e.g. Snapdragon 800). So BayTrail is an absolute no-go.

      • Joe_HTH

        Intel should have stuck with the HD4000 instead of cutting it down. The Snapdragon 800 would have been a far better choice than Tegra 4. Better battery life, integrated LTE, and signficantly better CPU. GPUs are comparable.

  • Yuan Taizong

    I really hope the price will be right on them, these things are great, but the only thing keeping me from buying them is their price.

  • David van der Zande

    Tegra 4 is fastest processor at the moment. They will probably use the Snapdragon-600.

    • Ben A

      its snapdragon 800 for surface mini not 600. since Windows 8.1 RT supports it.

  • Bugbog

    Which comes first, the Chicken or the Egg?

    The “Bandit” or the Surface ‘Lite’?

    One of these suckers is definitely going to be setting me back some bucks, the only question is, which one will be getting it?!

  • javajolt

    If MS is going to announce the Surface Mini at the same time of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 it should be available. They announced the 2 Surface Tablets together and staggered the availability and we all know what an abortion that turned out to be.

    • laserfloyd

      Agreed. Announce the product and then give us a solid time of availability and in what regions. Can’t be that hard. :/

  • tomakali

    this is awesome…
    6″ 8″ 10″ all devices are ready to hit the market. 2014 is going to be great…

  • Joe_HTH

    The Surface 2 should be using Snapdragon 800, and the mini should be using Tegra 4, since Intel stripped the BayTrail GPU down. They got it backwards.

  • Joe_HTH

    So much for all of those rumors about 2560×1440 Windows 8 tablets. Not one has this resolution, and the smaller tablets don’t even come close to 1080p.