Microsoft Surface mini to arrive next month sans built-in kickstand

Microsoft Surface mini to arrive next month sans built-in kickstand
On Monday, we told you that Microsoft had sent out invitations to its event on May 20th. During the festivities, Microsoft is expected to introduce the Microsoft Surface mini. As we mentioned yesterday, this slate is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon CPU instead of the NVIDIA Tegra chip that was under the hood of the full-sized Microsoft Surface 2. While Microsoft has apparently 86'd the built-in kickstand for the Surface mini, one of the cover accessories will be able to work as a kickstand.

According to some new reports, the Surface mini will be available in Silver, like the Surface 2, and will support an Active Pen, similar to what is available for the Microsoft Surface Pro 2. Early speculation has the Microsoft Surface mini marketed as an outstanding device for note taking, which would make a digital pen or stylus a necessity. Most likely, there will be 32GB/64GB versions of the tablet, with 2GB of RAM. Initially, the Surface mini will have Wi-Fi only connectivity, with LTE enabled versions coming later.

While earlier rumors had the screen on the Surface mini measured at 8 inches, the new report that we are looking at on Tuesday, lists the display as being 7.5 inches with resolution of 1440 x 1080. The screen on the Surface mini is believed to offer a 4:3 Aspect Ratio, in line with the Apple iPad. That compares to the 16:9 Aspect Ratio on the Surface and Surface Pro.

The ARM based slate will have Windows RT installed, according to today's report, and should be shipped by the end of next month.

Microsoft's invite for a May 20th event, hints at something small being involved

Microsoft's invite for a May 20th event, hints at something small being involved


source: Neowin, TheVerge via MicrosoftNews, WMPoweruser

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23 Comments

1. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Please NOOO.!! Not windows rt, we want full windows 8.1 !

3. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Then maybe wait for Surface Pro mini. But I highly doubt that. (・∀・)

6. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Oh well leave it. I wasnt going to buy it even if it had w8.1 :p

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Full windows 8.1, with 3 hour battery life? This alleged tablet will be small.. Not much room for a bigger battery.. I think.....snapdragon don't power full windows OS , js

7. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Maybe they would use Intel Atom for that. Like everyone else did. But that doesn't sound pro-ish anymore.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

full windows wont run on arm hardware

12. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Yeah.. but wishes dont understand logics .! :)

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"winrt" is full windows on arm hardware. It actually can run any app properly compiled with recent runtimes, but MS won't allow it.

2. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Apple tablets use iOS and no one cries foul, indeed lauds them as revolutionary... MS doesn't make full blown windows for ARM and suddenly it becomes a problem? Don't people ever get tired of complaining?. Patiently waiting for this bad boy.

5. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Dont compare this with ipad please.? Ipad has so many apps on app store for ipad which rt cannot even dream of.!

8. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

1) It will have Full Windows 8.1 and it can run desktop apps + 200.000 apps from the store.

11. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

This will NOT have w8.1 Full windows cannot run on snapdragon.

9. itsmekalyan

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

its suppose to be May 20th* not 29th

13. jaxson983

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

I have an Surface with RT...gave away an ipad when I got it. Can't think of an app that I miss or that there isn't a replacement for. Nothing wrong with RT.

15. Sriniva1995

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

f**king hate RT

19. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Then why comment on an RT related article?

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This is going to be one crappy tablet.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3066; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

To all the RT haters out there: when you have FULL Internet Explorer, not a mobile OS browser, you don't need the apps. Apps are shortcuts, or as us old-timers used to call them, bookmarks.

18. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

This is gonna be great. I might just buy it if it is priced right.

20. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

With Samsung's still extremely high S-pen tablet prices, Microsoft can actually build some marketshare with the Surface mini if it also includes a high quality Wacom pen. Samsung needs to chop their tablet prices by 25% or more -- they are risking their entire market future with the high prices across almost all of Samsung's tablets. While they may have good share now, once better chips (lower power and faster) are available for running Windows, it will be plain to see that people will get a lot more for their money with a Windows 8.1/9.0 tablet than Android. This is especially true given Google's glacial pace of Android platform evolution and lack of attention to platform security.

21. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I hope the 4:3 aspect ratio is wrong. Long live widescreen, down with almost-square. Also, 8" is preferable to 7.5", even for a mini tab

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I like 8" for a mini tab. For taking notes, it seems a 4:3 aspect ratio, similar to paper, is pretty handy.

23. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

hmm is the Info given in this article is correct this is a note taker/ Entertainment device not a Business production device although it will probably have MS Office Home and student installed on it. I would buy a Nokia 2520 or the New "Surface" RT OS tablet before I buy this tablet. this tablet completes the Surface line in that this line of microsoft products has a Tablet size for all customers. Now microsoft has to create an Atom based 8 inch 16 by 10 screen aspect ratio plastic cheaper Tablet. The Microsoft Nokia Staff should design this 8 inch Atom CPU tablet in Beautiful rainbow colors cases. Red, orange, blue, Green, Purple PINK, Grey, Brown and good old black and White. give them Windows 8.1 with "Cortina and a good Wacom Pen

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