Latest rumor has the Microsoft Surface mini skipping today's festivities

Latest rumor has the Microsoft Surface mini skipping today's festivities
Less than two weeks ago, we told you to expect the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to be introduced alongside the Microsoft Surface mini. However, based on new rumors, it is the Microsoft Pro 3 only, that will be unveiled later today at a Microsoft event. The latest scuttlebutt has the Surface mini, believed to be equipped with a 7.5 inch screen, and powered with an ARM based processor, not making any appearance at all during today's festivities.

The buzz had Microsoft offering the Surface mini as a device to take notes and messages on. Thus, the tablet was rumored to be coming with a digital pen, and the appropriate note-taking software. Unfortunately, we have no idea when, or if, the Surface mini will see the light of day. With talk that the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 had caught on in the enterprise, it would make sense for Microsoft to focus on the business-centric model of its tablet range. Last year, the Redmond based software giant was forced to write down $900 million for inventory of the Surface RT that was not selling.

What is apparently on the agenda for Tuesday, is the introduction of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. This model is expected to offer a larger 12 inch glass and packs an Intel processor inside. There are five different versions of the tablet, starting with the low-end model which sports an Intel i3 chip, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage ($799). Next up is the slate powered by the i5 with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage ($999). Another model powered by the i5 doubles the RAM to 8GB and the native storage to 256GB ($1299). A variant with the i7, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of native storage is $1549. And the top of the line Surface Pro 3 is equipped with an i7, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of native storage ($1949).

source: Computerworld via MicrosoftNews, WMPoweruser

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21 Comments

1. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

After what Microsoft did to Nokia, I am not even feeling to hear about this company again.

3. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And what exactly did they do? I would like to her about it from you...

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

here*

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

hear* post fail lol

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That's why you shouldn't use a WP to type a comment. j/k P.S. Try clicking on the edit button for correction next time.

12. papss unregistered

Um hey fandroid.. I'm using a wp 8.1 phone and I can edit.. I'm sure you knew that though right? I laugh at how little you fandroids know

21. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Lol.... You are really insecure about your OS. Get over it, it's only a phone. Because once stop thinking like a fanboy you would've seen my gesture 'j/k' - just kidding. Learn to handle things maturely, manchild.

15. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'll keep that in mind.

6. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

then why are you here?

2. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I seriously hope they announce the Surface mini with full Windows today.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5721; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope they drop the RT and release a $500 Surface similar to the ASUS T100 with an Intel Baytrail At that price it would be far more attractive to comsumers

8. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yeah i agree with you.There are people out there who want full-blown windows but can't afford the surface pro's specs.If microsoft do that,the surface tablets will sell a lot more

20. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I agree. Microsoft tries to push hard with their market by making these 12" hybrid tablets with these tab prices. What they don't realize is the 7"-8" tablet market is very susceptible. If Microsoft can manage to pull off a Surface Pro mini (7"-8") with identical specs with the Surface Pro's, they could take on Apple's tablet empire. Just my humble opinion.

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

To me the Surface Mini and the Surface Pro 3's with Intel i3 and i7 CPU tablets were the stars of the show. I think Windows Rt on a small tablet used for non business software like MS office is OK because to really use MS Office easily the tablet screen has to be 10.1 inches or above. Perhaps MS CEO Nadella canned the Surface Mini RT OS in favor of an Atom based one so it could be used to use standard Desktop/laptop X86 Programs.

11. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Give it up Microsoft, nobody wants a Surface

13. papss unregistered

You mean you don't want a surface... You prefer lite OS versus the much better full windows.. you can have your junk OS and I'll take the professional s choice

14. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I have a Desktop and a Laptop computer, both running on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 respectively. Buying a Surface would spell redundancy and waste of money.... Im not gonna shell out $500 on some Android and iOS wannabe when two of my machines are more than capable of doing productivity task that I imagine of doing. The market doesnt need a Surface, let alone a Windows powered phone or tablet as they offer no advantage over Android or iOS Perhaps the sales figures speak for themselves?

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No advantage over droid or ios? So when my laptop died, and we didnt want to shell out 500, and the battery life of 4hrs and weight etc were just not attractive anymore. When we found a full windows tablet for 250, 11.6in, it wasnt worth it...hmmm good to know. As well no android tablet or iOS is allowed in our financial institution, good thing our full windows tablet, bypassed that and got IT approval while our friends tab 10 samsung got denied. Guess MS got two new customers last week because they offer 'NO' advantage. For me Android tablets offer no advantage over actual windows.

18. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I want one. You can take down your post now.

17. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Another Windows related article, another opportunity for the #ssdroids to bash. I'm happy to see Surface keep coming not everybody wants or needs an Android or iOS device, I like choice besides Windows UI is the best in my opinion, mean look at Android and iOS they are copying Windows flat UI. Let the haters hate.

19. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

So when will i see a 6" inch windows 8.1 x86/x64 phone? If they have released those long time ago it could have been on its Nth stage of refinement and many mobile apps could have been made for it while retaining the capability to run old windows x86/x64 apps. Just give it a touch/type cover/keyboard too like the big tablets. They could start now with the new Intel Atoms which gives good performance on tablets at decent battery consumption... RT and windows mobile is Crap, Microsoft should stop wasting time and embrace their real cashcow... If that is still hard to do then they should try with a 7 or 8.x inch tablet phone first... Imagine nexus 7 or lg gpad but instead of android it would have windows pro with has calling and data capability at a slightly affordable price of 400-500... Lte, Dual camera with flash, front facing speakers, Micro sd slot and micro hdmi would be nice too Optical or tiny trackpoint for mouse navigation on traditional desktop mode, touch for the metro style interface... Keyboard cover too, which can lock into place when in typing mode...

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