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”.
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)