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.
CNET today reported this information,
“From the supply side of it, we continue to see activity from them on the [smaller]Surface product,” said Rhoda Alexander, who directs IHS Technology’s monitor and tablet research, referring to displays. (Alexander correctly predicted the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 before it launched.)
But “as it currently stands, it does not look like it’s ready to launch in the near future. But that’s something that we’re watching for later this year,” she said.
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)