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Microsoft is rumored again to be working on the Surface mini

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Microsoft is rumored again to be working on the Surface mini
Back in September, we told you that Microsoft was rumored to be working on a Surface mini tablet, with a screen in the range between 7 and 8 inches. While no tablet like that was ever released, the rumor has returned. Once again, the focus is on a slate carrying a 7 inch to 8 inch display. The Surface mini is expected to keep the same design as the current full-sized model.

Microsoft is expected to market the Surface mini as a tablet for note-taking. Even at 8 inches, some feel the screen will be too small to comfortably run the Microsoft Office suite. To be able to take notes, you need a pen and Microsoft is believed to be ready to equip the mini with something along the lines of the Wacom Digitizer in order to support the kind of multi-fuctional, high-end digital pen that would allow for a superior note-taking experience. According to those with knowledge of Microsoft's plans, Redmond intends on making this tablet the best note-taking slate ever.

The Microsoft Surface mini is rumored to be hitting the market sometime this year with the possibility of a Spring release. There is no speculation at this time on how Microsoft would price the tablet.

source: Neowin via SlashGear

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posted on 10 Apr 2014, 14:06 5

1. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

I might pick this up!

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 14:21 3

2. smguk (Posts: 26; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)

Nice but i am happy with my Surface 2

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 14:38

3. vincelongman (Posts: 5074; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

MS should make a 13" or 12" version as well to compete against ultrabooks
Also a 13" version could possibly be thinner as well

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 14:41 1

4. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Yea unfortunately, they have all these examples of what should be out RIGHT NOW and they seem to want to make it over the next 3 years. They apparently have no intention of catching up. They have to put in the extra muscle and push through to level NOW or they will fall further and further behind. So yea, look forward to picking it up in 3 more years.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 15:07

5. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)

make it 8 inches, haswell ulv (dual core celeron/pentium is fine), 64gb storage (20 for windows 38 for user storage and apps) or more, dockable to a desktop/laptop setup (microhdmi would suffice), decent front and back camera with flash. at 8 hours or more battery life while browsing the internet, full size usb (more wouldn't hurt, or usb-otg, charging port must be separate) and price thats similar or lower to Asus T100... wishful thinking

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 15:45

6. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

2 years later and no sign of their breakthrough touchscreen with super fast tracking. THAT would be worth looking forward to.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 17:43

7. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

truth to tell the 8 inch tablet with a good Wacom digitizer pen plus the new MS office that is made for touch screen devices plus text books support would be the dream device for a student or business Person who needs a real portable tablet that takes accurate

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 18:39

8. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

They should change the way they produce tablets or at least make the RT version of the Surface more useful and less waste of money.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 23:55

9. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)

RT and Phone apps will be unified eventually. Can't really blame RT, people want a X86 emulator for arm way too quickly. First, Arm chips are still way too weak. 2ndly, whose to know if ARM will even be around in a half a decade with the rate X86 chips are becoming smaller and using less energy.

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