Microsoft confirms OEMs working on smaller tablets "to be available in coming months"

Microsoft confirms OEMs working on smaller tablets
There have been rumors going back all the way to when we first heard about Windows Blue (now known to be Windows 8.1) that Microsoft was adding support for smaller 7 to 8-inch tablets to the operating system. Recently, we heard more rumors that such tablets were coming soon, and now Microsoft has confirmed that OEMs are working on smaller tablets "to be available in coming months".

The announcement came from Microsoft's soon-to-be ex-CFO Peter Klein, during the company's Q3 earnings call. Klein said that Microsoft is working with OEMs "on smaller devices, at lower price points", according to Janet Tu of the Seattle Times. Unfortunately, there was no word on which OEMs were part of the work, but there have been persistent rumors that HTC has been working on a Windows tablet

There is certainly potential for Asus and Acer to be working on smaller Windows 8 tablets, but Nokia has consistently denied that it is working on a tablet. But, it sounds like we should be finding out more soon enough if the tablets are really going "to be available in coming months".

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13 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

nokia lumia tablet....!!!

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Hell yeaaa!! 8'9" tablet ,With purewiew camera !!

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Hell yeaaa!! with puremotion hd+ screen........!!!

2. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

1st to throw money at the screen or take my money!

3. papss unregistered

I would give them money if it was equal or better than my pro

4. T00muchF00D

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

Im typing this comment on my Surface RT but I wouldn't mind buying a Nokia Lumia Tablet

5. xprimer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

i think nokia is currently working on that tablet too. . . Can't wait to see how the lumia tablet. . .

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The Nokia Lumia tablet is what I'm waiting for! :)

8. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

when it comes to tablets surface is my choice when it comes to smartphones lumia my choice

9. Furbal unregistered

Comeon 8 inch surface pro equiv

11. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Nokia pls come up with a 7 inch Lumia phablet.

12. charms55

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Loving my Surface RT, but I would no doubt find a place in my bag for a 7 or 8" Win8 RT tablet. I have no fear of the other OEM as I worked on my Acer Iconia from the developer preview up and it is now running Windows 8 Pro, but a Surface or Nokia small-form tab would be wonderful. Waiting for my next phone purchase for the next Lumias to drop. Either to pick up the 928 or a heavily discounted 920. Go Nokia!

13. anniemoralregion

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2013

i want to buy a tablet for my kids,but the tablet is too smart.Recently I find a DY kids tablet from moralregion.com.Do you give some advice?

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