Microsoft to hold event on May 20th; Microsoft Surface mini likely guest of honor
There are more than just external changes here. Instead of the NVIDIA Tegra chip found inside the Microsoft Surface 2, the Surface mini is expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. While many feel that an 8 inch screen is too small for the Office suite to run on, the mini will ship with it included. In addition, the tablet should come with an active digitizer stylus/pen, especially if it is going to focus on its note-taking capabilities.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to handle the hosting duties and we could even see Stephen Elop wearing his Microsoft uniform. Now that the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division by Microsoft has closed, Elop returns to his own stomping grounds. While the answers will probably be revealed on May 20th, at this point we really do not know much about the Surface mini in terms of specs, pricing and availability.
source: MicrosoftNews via WMPoweruser
1. fzacek (Posts: 2465; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Would be nice if the Mini had the same screen resolution as the original. Just saying...
2. bucky (Posts: 1979; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
All they have to do is release a slimmer light surface pro 2. Otherwise they are outstanding machines.
6. vincelongman (Posts: 2645; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
A 13" Surface Pro with Iris Pro graphics would be awesome IMO
5. checkmymike (Posts: 134; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
As if somebody cares about this product.
7. Jinto (Posts: 414; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
Actually, this fills many people's needs
It's for those who want a tablet for fun
and for those who also want to work.
What do you car about?
Please, enjoy playing Cut the Rope 2
while I play Titanfall on my Surface Pro 2
8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Microsoft loses money on every Surface sold, still. So they are alienating their entire ecosystem of hardware manufacturers and not even making any money doing so. I don't know of anything dumber than this.
The Microsoft management team is nothing more than a bunch of talentless morons milking a monopoly.
9. Jinto (Posts: 414; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
Remember the original X-Box and how they lost money with each sold,
right now the Surface is like that but I think it will turn into one big
business for Microsoft.
10. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The difference compared to X-Box is that for PCs and tablets, it's much more of a zero sum game.
Microsoft can turn Surface into a bigger business, but it will kill off some of their partners. And these deaths will cause all the rest of their partners to ask themselves why they are working with Microsoft.
Of course things are not entirely this simple, but I don't think that Surface so far has contributed any lasting good to Microsoft.
11. Jinto (Posts: 414; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
Every time someone says the word "Surface" people think about Microsoft's tablets. This has made Surface a brand and it will probably gain popularity and then Microsoft will find a way to turn that into cash.
12. 12Danny123 (Posts: 87; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)
Agreed. People who mentions Surface, they instantly know Microsoft Tablets, It's very popular in my area.
13. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1333; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
The Surface Pro 2 line of Microsoft tablets and it's weaker "Surface" RT OS tablets have gotten steady great reviews from over 85 percent of the People who bought one. so folks that means MS puts out a good working tablet. do not believe the hype of the Tech site
reviewers or the Internet trolls who put them down. a good Windows 8/ 8.1 tablet that uses
really good i5 or i7 Intel x86 chips costs 450 to 1400 dollars. That's a lot of money to a lot of people and that is why Windows 8/ 8.1 tablets are not selling as well as Apple and Android Tablets that use the cheaper "ARMS CPU'S". Unfortunately for Microsoft it's ARMS CPU Tablets The old "Surface RT", "Surface" and the nice Nokia 2520 Tablets are not as popular because they cannot run standard windows Desktop/Laptop/Server programs which can only run on intel/AMD x86 Tablets/Desktops. this is a hard reality for Microsoft however if in time enough good apps are put on Microsoft's ARMS CPU tablets they will gain sales. a good thing about MS ARMS tablets is that they come pre loaded with MS Home and Student office suite and you can buy MS Outlook for them too making them damn good bang for the buck business/Student tablets and nice small game player tablets that use the Xbox hand controller
14. boosook (Posts: 1251; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
WOW! A device to take notes! That's real innovation, and exactly what most people were waiting for!
16. elitewolverine (Posts: 3344; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
When you do more than play angry birds...
My 11.6in 8.1 Tablet has been wonderful, it just got approval from the Accounting department to be allowed in school/work because it is NOT a tablet but a full PC.
I loved the look on my co-workers/students faces who owned a galaxy tab 10 and a ipad when i brought my tablet out and they both asked, "how the hell did you get approval for a tablet..." i grinned and replied with "its a pc..."
After showing the 'tablet', the next week one was rocking a surface and another was rocking Asus.
15. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 936; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Personally, I'm not a fan of smaller tablets. But it is highly popular at work. The office is waiting to equip us with these machines (as soon as they are available.)
My preferences still go with the Surface 2 or Surface 2 Pro... I don't mind larger devices, I can get more work done.
17. elitewolverine (Posts: 3344; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Try the dell 8in, windows 8 pc's. I have played with them and they are solid. I use a lynx 11.6in and love it.
Personally would love a surface 2, but my current tablet was 250 so yea.
18. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 936; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
We'll see what the office ends up picking up, but I can only choose my personal devices... which is why I will stick with a phablet (when Tmobile releases a WP8.1 device) + Full size surface 2 Pro
But I've heard great things about the dell mini tablets as well.
20. elitewolverine (Posts: 3344; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
I wish they do as well. Currently on TMO and i Hate that their flagship win8 phone is a phone from last year!
Come on, no 1520, no 1020, no 930, no icon, type of device?!
But yes my lynx 11.6 tablet from newegg for 250 has been rock solid and love it. SUpports a keyboard lenovo dock that adds keyboard, touchpad, usb etc, plus 8hrs of extra battery life on top of the 8hrs. So 16.
21. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 936; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Totally agree! T-Mobile is not going about aggressively for anything but their Android and iPhone game.
However, I absolutely love my Lumia 925 ;) And - for a little while - was happy it was a T-Mobile exclusive.
Hopefully a new WP flagship will be announced on T-Mo!