The Much-Awaited Surface Mini Might Be Coming Later This Year

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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)

 



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  • Dennis Nemceff, MD

    Is it 100% “ARM based device (Windows RT)” ?

    “Microsoft didn’t want to do the same mistake it did with Surface RT.”

    • Jhora Zakaryan

      The previous rumors were that they wanted to use some new fancy low-power intel x86 chips.

  • Willem Evenhuis

    time will tell

  • DarthTigris

    I’m very interested in this, but tired of waiting. A $200 DV8P is a great deal now.

    • Bugbog

      Bought one last year. It’s a great device but, I’m fairly certain that come release I’ll be hankering for a Surface Mini.
      (I don’t use my Surface RT much anymore since I got my DV8P, but given the choice between the DV8P and a similar size Surface? the Surface will win hands down!)

      • WPhan

        Out is a shame you gave up on the Surface RT so soon but talking to a few other owners of it they said pretty much the same thing. Hopefully you got it on big discount like the majority of the buyers.

        • Bugbog

          Didn’t give up on it. I still have it (I just can’t get rid of it), it still looks great, but the CPU does do it disservice. So if I don’t require a larger canvas then it’s the DV8P all the way, simply because it’s faster and lighter for doing the task.

          I know the Surface 2 performs the same as the DV8P but I couldn’t afford it, not after having got the RT. And at the time I was getting the DV8P Microsoft didn’t release the Mini and there were no other 8″ RT devices offered by anyone.

          The Surface RT is great, just underpowered and thus easily displaced once a better alternative is offered.

          Viva le Surface Mini!

  • Wieland

    “Ships in June”

    That hurt a lot :'(

  • tomakali

    powercase keyboard?
    wireless charging?
    HDMI/USB3.0 ports?
    Windows Pro?

    Noone will care about Surface Mini if these features are not on the product
    Microsoft will be stamping FAIL! on its record on 2014 too
    pursuing RT is not good for now
    maybe Windows One can unify in future…
    Microsoft, No fragmentation please