The Microsoft Surface Mini tablet has been in the rumor mill for a while now, but we have learned very little about the purported tablet. It might have a 7-inch or 8-inch display, it might have a kick-stand, or it might not.
Last time we checked, this Microsoft product would likely keep the form factor of its larger sibling, but the “Mini” will be marketed as the tablet to have if you want to do a lot of note taking. Given that, we think a stylus will be part of the package too.
That also indicates that the Surface Mini may run the full Windows 8.1 operating system since Wacom Digitizer technology is what would enable a solid note taking experience, but that is speculation. What we still do not know much about is anything spec related, or what the Surface Mini might look like.
If the accessories that are available on Amazon are any indication, the tablet may end up being rather unassuming, which is fine. A good quality build does not necessarily require premium materials, and done right, it will keep the price competitive too, since the Surface Mini not only has to contend with the iPad mini, but a host of competent tablets from Samsung.
The images in the pictures are just a “placeholder” images of sorts (the actual pictures are of the company's products for a Lenovo tablet), though the product pages note “access to all ports and features.” All the items for sale are being offered by Vostrostone who makes a wide line of VSTN accessories for a lot of different tablets. The Surface Mini cases are listed to be in stock by May 18th.
While we will not go so far as to tie that in to an actual release date for an actual tablet, it would be pretty silly to be selling accessories for a product not yet available.
sources: Amazon via Venture Beat