Surface Pro 3 User Guide Confirms The Existence Of Surface Mini

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surface Pro 3 user guide

We recently posted about Surface Pro 3 user guide available for download to users. In the user guide, Microsoft has accidentally confirmed the existence of Surface Mini tablet. In some places, Microsoft has mentioned Surface Mini instead of Surface Pro 3. For example, take a look at the Using OneNote with Surface Pen section. In another section, it was mentioned as “You’ll pair your new pen with Surface Mini a little later during setup”.

Surface Mini

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 do the same mistake it did with Surface RT. Now, information from supply chain of component manufacturers hints us that the device might be coming later this year.

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)

via: Paul Thurrott  Image via: Neowin

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  • bibleverse1

    I wonder what the price would be.

  • nagendra

    I guess this can only mean that the assumption was that something would be out in time that docs were read….

  • Bchau

    ASUS has an 8-inch Win 8 tab that has a built-in Wacom pen. Surface Mini would need something compelling to compete.

    • Sven Johannsen

      I think the pen apparently being the same as the Surface Pro 3’s would imply the click-into-OneNote might have been a feature. That would be a compelling feature, in my mind, and I own the Asus.