Microsoft halted production of the Surface Mini just as it was about to start

Microsoft halted production of the Surface Mini just as it was about to start
According to sources from inside Chinese contract manufacturers, Microsoft halted the Surface Mini tablet just as it was ready to enter mass production. It is said that all work on the device was completed, including product testing and paying full production costs. Alas, production scheduled for May never started.

Before it got its plug pulled, the Surface Mini allegedly had a 7.5 inch to 8-inch display, an ARM processor, and ran Windows RT 8.1.

The report implies that Microsoft had little confidence in the Surface Mini's abilities to compete within the small tablet market segment, citing a lack of unique features or impressive specifications to give it appeal. We've heard the same reasoning before - it was right after the Surface Pro 3's launch. Other reports followed shortly, asserting that Microsoft intends to launch the Surface Mini later in 2014, with an all-touch version of Office posing as its 'killer feature'.

Although having its production canceled at the last moment doesn't sound very optimistic, it is unlikely that Microsoft completely abandoned the project. After all, if everything is paid for and ready to go, restarting production should be one phone call to China away. Perhaps Microsoft will make that call when the right time comes.

source: DigiTimes



1. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Full windows and it will be a success but not with RT

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO a $400-500 full windows 12" Surface Pro with Intel Atom with keyboard included would also be quite popular I've seen quite a lot of ASUS T100 around

12. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I agree with you but it seems Microsoft may want to sell costly Windows Surface tablets and leave the cheaper ones to their OEM partners. that is bad for Microsoft because less tablets will get into People's hands and Microsoft Physical stores and MS Web site has no affordable Microsoft brand tablet for low income folks. what a shame!

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

MS please start production of the lovely Surface Mini. Promise I will like it and buy one :) *fingers-crossed*

4. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

While I understand the appeal of the Surface Pro 3 , who the fark in their right mind would purchase a Surface Mini RT ?

5. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

No one that I know. Hell I don't even want a mini surface. I prefer the full sized one way more.

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

The same folks who buy a minipad thinking it's just as capable as a computer and have realized their error on judgement, or those that cross-shop smaller tablets. My mother-in-law uses her 8" tablet more than her 10" one because of the weight difference for using for prolonged usage.

13. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

But why would anyone buy a Crippled RT tablet over a iPad or android tablet

6. SonofAndroid

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Such phone call to China.. Foxconn maybe...

8. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Thanks for canceling that crap microsoft. Windows rt should die already! I have an iconia w500 and ipad mini, guess what i rarely use my iconia because its very heavy. But if the surface mini uses an atom quad core chip and windows x86/x64 i would gladly sell my iconia tab w500 and buy it because windows is much much more functional than mobile os's, example it wont auto refresh/reload browser tabs when i switch between them which is a problem with all ipads and android tablets, no matter what os version or browser, mobile os kills background processes very quick which is very annoying for me.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I would buy a surface pro mini with a 9.7 inch screen and an i5. Hell no with RT and an atom though. So once windows 8 gets better touch support and i5's are just as small and don't need fans like atoms, they will dominate tablets easily. Maybe in 2 or 3 years they can revisit a surface mini.

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

One rumor has it that the Microsoft Mini surface will not come out until Microsoft completes it's "NEW" MS Office for Windows 8.1 Touch screen devices. Microsoft desperately needs to sell a Tablet that costs People less than 500 dollars. Their Surface Pro 3 line of Tablets start at roughly 800 dollars. that cost too much money for a lot of folks. If the surface Mini does come out it will probably be renamed the "Lumia Mini" to compliment the Lumia 2520 Tablet that also runs Windows RT. Rumor has it that Microsoft will trash can their Windows RT OS and bring out a new Mobile OS that Developers can use To easily write an App that can run on a Windows smart phone and with a little modification run on an ARMS CPU Tablet like an MS Surface 2 or an Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet or the Surface Mini. it will Probably be called "Windows 9 Mobile"

11. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

it is sad that too many people want PC Tablets which are Tablets that Run Windows desktop XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 X86 desktop Programs. Windows RT was created to run On ARMS CPU's Devices which CANNOT run Standard Windows Desktop Programs because their programming language is different. Folks most of the Mobile devices today run ARMS CPU's. To run standard Windows Desktop programs the Intel/AMD CPU"s cost much more than an ARMS CPU unless it's an Intel Atom but Atom CPU's are slower and do not multitask as well as an intel i5 does. so expect to pay more for a good running Tablet that runs standard Windows Desktop/Server computer programs. Despite it's limitation many People like their MS Windows RT tablets

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