Microsoft is expected to market the Surface mini as a tablet for note-taking. Even at 8 inches, some feel the screen will be too small to comfortably run the Microsoft Office suite. To be able to take notes, you need a pen and Microsoft is believed to be ready to equip the mini with something along the lines of the Wacom Digitizer in order to support the kind of multi-fuctional, high-end digital pen that would allow for a superior note-taking experience. According to those with knowledge of Microsoft's plans, Redmond intends on making this tablet the best note-taking slate ever.
The Microsoft Surface mini is rumored to be hitting the market sometime this year with the possibility of a Spring release. There is no speculation at this time on how Microsoft would price the tablet.
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