Microsoft slips, reveals existence of Microsoft Surface Mini
There could be something to that rumor in light of a leak that took place today, on the Microsoft Surface website. A leaked user guide for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 made some references to the Microsoft Surface Mini, even though Microsoft had never confirmed the existence of the bite-sized slate, until now, that is.
One section of the Surface Pro 3's user guide, dealing with the Surface Pen, said, "You’ll pair your new pen with Surface Mini a little later during setup." That would seem to officially confirm that the Microsoft Surface Mini does exist. Speculation as to the reason for Microsoft's decision to pull the tablet are numerous. According to one rumor, Satya Nadella, and Stephen Elop, Microsoft's CEO and Executive Vice President respectively, felt that there was no difference between the Surface Mini and the competition. That led the executives to doubt that the tablet would be a hit. And the pair did not want to risk a repeat of what took place with the Microsoft Surface RT. That tablet sold so poorly that Microsoft had to write-off $900 million worth of unsold tablets, collecting dust in a warehouse.
While the references to the Surface Mini in the Surface Pro 3 User Guide does confirm that such a tablet exists, it does not prove whether or not Microsoft will give the device a second opportunity to see the light of day. We should point out that Microsoft has since removed all references to the Surface Mini from the leaked user guide.
source: MicrosoftSurface via @thurrott, MobileSyrup
1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3333; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I wonder if the Surface mini had the same issues as the Surface 3 -- inferior pen, bad drawing ergonomics.
And then there is price. The better models of the Surface 3 are obscenely overpriced. The top model with i7, 8GB, and 512GB SSD should be $999, not $1949.
Like the Surface 3, the Surface Mini would have probably priced itself out of the market, relegating itself to some small niche of Microsoft fans.
6. vincelongman (Posts: 1335; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
But have you tried the pen, users are saying that the new is overall much better than the previous except less levels of sensitivity, which is only important for artists, even most artists aren't complaining too much about the less sensitivity
But yea the models above the $999 model are very overpriced, IMO the type keyboard is also overpriced
7. Liveitup (Posts: 1350; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Why don't you tell us how the pen is inferior and has bad drawing ergonomics?.
How many pens can instantly open a blank OneNote document on your screen. Palm Block technology ignores the pressure from your hand when it senses you’re using the Pen. Surface pen is designed for accuracy across the entire canvas.
For what you get in Surface 3 you are getting more than your moneys worth from form factor to features. You simply spread lies and hate upon all things MS.
8. Krjal (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)
Actually the Surface pro 2 stylus could do all that and doesn't even need a battery like the n-trig one on the Surface 3.
2. darkvadervip (Posts: 336; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
Microsoft if you can read this; I would love a mini with a high resolution screen and the i5 with LTE also to be unlocked for a SIM card cellular services and I promise you it will be a hit and sell. P.s. Full windows only!
3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3333; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I'm sure Microsoft will make something like this. Just be prepared to pay as it will cost as much as a nice laptop and a nice tablet combined.
4. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)
I have a surface pro 2 and will be selling it on Craigslist very soon to get an I SP3. Give me your awesome tablet
5. NotAGeek (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
MS,if you don't want to fail,use full windows
9. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1100; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Folks until Microsoft gives an Official word it's alive the Surface Mini is a Dead Project. which is sad too because Micriosoft need to sell it's own mini Tablet for well under 450 USA dollars.
most of Micrsoft's OEM's have at least one 8 inch screen Mini tablet selling for under 400 USA dollars but Microsoft has no Mini tablet. The Surface mini could have been that sold only Online in the Microsoft online store. that would be good place to see how well they will do in the market place
10. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)
there should be a very cheap option for surface mini, remove the pen, make it similar to say iconia w4 but with ULV celeron/pentium/i3 instead of atom. decent 8 megapixel back cam with flash, 2 megapixel front. 1280x800 or 1440x900 ips display, 64gb. call and text would also be handy at least 3g if not LTE & win8.xPro. $499 sweetspot. optional docking keyboard with trackpad/battery/hdd/usbports/microhdmi would also be nice even if they price it at $120.
now that is what we can call a decent backup tablet pc.
surface phone would also be nice, 6 inches 720p, atom quad core processor, laser track for using mouse in desktop mode. 13 megapixel back cam with flash, 5 megapixel front. a charging dock that has all the necessary connections like usb's/hdmi/power to instantly have a desktop environment... again windows pro not that rt garbage...