Microsoft Surface mini could get a second chance?

Microsoft Surface mini could get a second chance?
The Microsoft Surface mini's exclusion from the recent Microsoft Surface Pro 3 unveiling, was apparently a last minute decision. But that doesn't mean that the slate won't have another shot at being unveiled in the near future. Or does it? According to published reports, 15,000 to 20,000 units were already produced and are taking up space in one of Microsoft's warehouses.

According to those in the know, one reason that the unveiling was canceled had to do with a decision made by Microsoft management to wait for the touch version of Office to be available, before lauching the product. If that is the case, you can expect the tablet to be given another unveiling date. Another speculation is that Microsoft felt that the tablet would not sell as well as the competition's mini tablet, so it nixed the plans. By giving up on the Surface mini, it could be that Microsoft is giving up on the consumer tablet sector. In that case, don't expect to see the device except when the already produced units are sold on eBay.

So which is the real reason for the Surface mini's non-appearance on Wednesday. Is it because Microsoft is waiting for the touch version of the Office Suite to appear, or is it because Redmond has started waving the white flag in consumer slabs. Time will tell.

source: Neowin via BGR

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12 Comments

1. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Pls...

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

surface mini Q3?

7. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

9inch with i7 256SSD Nvidia Gpu 7series

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Microsoft -- unless the price is reasonable and there are good apps available, don't dream it, don't make it, don't ship it.

4. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

There is absolutely no demand for the Surface right now. The concept was a bit too late, like the Zune. Im surprised they havent given up on it.

11. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think you are dead wrong because a lot of folks want a PC tablet which is a Tablet that can run standard desktop software. The surface Pro 3 is one of the best on the market now. As far as the Mini Surface is concerned they should make an Atom CPU version and sell it for under 350 dollars because Microsoft needs a Tablet selling in the sweet spot which is 350 to 499. Dollars because their Surface Pro 3 line of computers are too expensive to Low income folks and People on a budget

5. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Surface pro 3 is a work of art, the mini will be just as well.

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Sony Duo looks sexier and sharper than Surface

9. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

The cheapest Duo (Tap 11) is still more expensive then the cheapest surface.

8. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

My body needs a SP Mini!

10. alvinashcraft

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I think you're using the logo for the old Surface 40" table. That's not used for the Surface tablets.

12. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

I wouldnt mind buying an 8 inch windows pro tablet with usb ports, hd display, 256gb hdd or more storage space with ulv haswell celeron/pentium at 400-500$... Surface mini pro? If its windows rt only then its a good thing they where canceled....

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