Microsoft Surface mini allegedly back in production, coming this summer
We've been hearing about the ‘mini’ version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet for a while - it was originally said to get an official unveiling at Microsoft’s Build conference in the beginning of April, but it was obviously scrapped for unknown reasons. Instead, Microsoft only unveiled a new full-sized, 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet at its Build conference, not even uttering a word about this ‘mini’.
At the same time, references to the Surface mini could be found all throughout the user manual for the Surface Pro 3, and there seemed to be many clues to confirm that it is indeed a real product.
Early rumors pointed out that the Surface mini sports a 7.5-inch display and comes with a stylus for better note-taking. With a planned summer release (we’d bet on the release date being in the last days of August), we’re looking forward to hearing more details about the Surface mini soon.
1. swayze91 (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
I will definitely snag one of these for my wife.
2. vincelongman (Posts: 2929; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Cool, but I'd prefer a $400 Surface Pro 3 with Intel Atom and eMMC memory
8. vincelongman (Posts: 2929; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
They are pretty powerful now
In fact the PS4 and Xbone use APUs, the CPU parts are AMD's Jaguar CPUs, which AMD design to compete with Intel's Atom CPUs
9. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3512; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Consoles shouldn't be compared to PC's. You think that a PC with Intel Atom can push the same graphics than PS4? Not even close. Would be lucky to get 30fps on minimum settings on most of the games.
12. vincelongman (Posts: 2929; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I never said they could
I just said it uses similar CPUs to the Atom, which shows the Atoms aren't bad at all
Of course the GPU in the PS4's APU is far better than the Atom's integrated graphics
4. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)
So I'm wondering if it will be as powerful as the full sized one.
7. cc3493 (Posts: 158; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Hopefully. I like what apple did with their ipad mini (same specs as ipad air, only smaller body) and what sony did with their z1 compact (even though its a phone). Not everyone wants a giant display..
10. MC1123 (Posts: 1254; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I doubt! Maybe they'll push windows RT! Hopefully they won't!
5. samirsshah (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)
Good Idea. Just like the 'Courier' (Remember...) tablet people want these. So why not?
6. samirsshah (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)
Disregard Comment No. 5. I would like that Surface Mini does NOT come to market for 1) size and 2) competition with OEMs reasons.
11. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 390; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
Surface Mini? I thought it would be Lumia instead of Surface.
13. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
While I do want one I bet they will price it wrong.
14. funnyguy (banned) (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
For me it doesn't make any sense to make a surface mini,
A 10 inch model would be a great success if they release it though.
15. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
Needs to be full windows with i-3 processor
16. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1355; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
The Microsoft "Surface Mini" was reported to be a Small Windows "RT" Operating system Tablet. with a Digital Pen and a 2 by 3 shaped screen. The RT OS is not Popular with some People because it does not run Standard desktop XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 X86 Intel/AMD programs. Apple's Ipads and Googles Android Tablet also will not run any Standard Windows Desktop Programs yet they are very Popular Tablets that sell very well. Windows RT Tablets are staring to sell better and have Fans! Next year 2015 Windows The Windows RT OS will be upgrade to the New "Windows 9 Mobile" operating system Which is designed for to Run on All Windows Modern UI Smart phones and ARMS CPU Tablets like the "Surface 2" and the Nokia "Lumia 2520" Tablets. Hopefully The "Surface Mini" will sell below 450 USA dollars. Microsoft desperately needs Tablets that cost less to buy than their top of the line "Surface Tablets that Price starts at 799 USA dollars. too expensive to some folks.
17. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1355; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I bet This Tablet will not be Named the "Surface MINI" but will be named the "Lumia Mini" Tablet because Microsoft is making a "Lumia LINE" of Tablets and smart Phones. Some say it might rename it's Surface Tablets Lumia Tablets. I think that would be a Mistake. Lumia tablets should all be ARMS CPU tablets and Surface Tablets Run Intel/AMD CPU'
Tablets which are the only current type of CPU's That will run Standard X86 Windows XP, Windows 7 or X86 Windows 8/8.1 desktop programs