Microsoft to hold event on May 20th; Microsoft Surface mini likely guest of honor

Microsoft to hold event on May 20th; Microsoft Surface mini likely guest of honor
Microsoft has sent out an invitation to a Surface-related event that it will hold on May 20th. The event will take place starting at 11am EDT/8am PDT. With the word "small" in the title on the invite, we could be looking at the introduction of the Microsoft Surface mini. The latest rumors have the 8 inch tablet being marketed as a device to take notes on.

There are more than just external changes here. Instead of the NVIDIA Tegra chip found inside the Microsoft Surface 2, the Surface mini is expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. While many feel that an 8 inch screen is too small for the Office suite to run on, the mini will ship with it included. In addition, the tablet should come with an active digitizer stylus/pen, especially if it is going to focus on its note-taking capabilities.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to handle the hosting duties and we could even see Stephen Elop wearing his Microsoft uniform. Now that the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division by Microsoft has closed, Elop returns to his own stomping grounds. While the answers will probably be revealed on May 20th, at this point we really do not know much about the Surface mini in terms of specs, pricing and availability.

source: MicrosoftNews via WMPoweruser

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21 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Would be nice if the Mini had the same screen resolution as the original. Just saying...

2. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

All they have to do is release a slimmer light surface pro 2. Otherwise they are outstanding machines.

3. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

correct the title. May 20th not 29th.

19. Ray.S

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Sorry about that. It's been fixed.

4. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Surface Mini and Surface Phone probably.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5591; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

A 13" Surface Pro with Iris Pro graphics would be awesome IMO

5. checkmymike

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

As if somebody cares about this product.

7. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Actually, this fills many people's needs It's for those who want a tablet for fun and for those who also want to work. What do you car about? iPads? Please, enjoy playing Cut the Rope 2 while I play Titanfall on my Surface Pro 2 Just Saying

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Microsoft loses money on every Surface sold, still. So they are alienating their entire ecosystem of hardware manufacturers and not even making any money doing so. I don't know of anything dumber than this. The Microsoft management team is nothing more than a bunch of talentless morons milking a monopoly.

9. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Remember the original X-Box and how they lost money with each sold, right now the Surface is like that but I think it will turn into one big business for Microsoft.

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The difference compared to X-Box is that for PCs and tablets, it's much more of a zero sum game. Microsoft can turn Surface into a bigger business, but it will kill off some of their partners. And these deaths will cause all the rest of their partners to ask themselves why they are working with Microsoft. Of course things are not entirely this simple, but I don't think that Surface so far has contributed any lasting good to Microsoft.

11. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Every time someone says the word "Surface" people think about Microsoft's tablets. This has made Surface a brand and it will probably gain popularity and then Microsoft will find a way to turn that into cash.

12. 12Danny123

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

Agreed. People who mentions Surface, they instantly know Microsoft Tablets, It's very popular in my area.

13. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Surface Pro 2 line of Microsoft tablets and it's weaker "Surface" RT OS tablets have gotten steady great reviews from over 85 percent of the People who bought one. so folks that means MS puts out a good working tablet. do not believe the hype of the Tech site reviewers or the Internet trolls who put them down. a good Windows 8/ 8.1 tablet that uses really good i5 or i7 Intel x86 chips costs 450 to 1400 dollars. That's a lot of money to a lot of people and that is why Windows 8/ 8.1 tablets are not selling as well as Apple and Android Tablets that use the cheaper "ARMS CPU'S". Unfortunately for Microsoft it's ARMS CPU Tablets The old "Surface RT", "Surface" and the nice Nokia 2520 Tablets are not as popular because they cannot run standard windows Desktop/Laptop/Server programs which can only run on intel/AMD x86 Tablets/Desktops. this is a hard reality for Microsoft however if in time enough good apps are put on Microsoft's ARMS CPU tablets they will gain sales. a good thing about MS ARMS tablets is that they come pre loaded with MS Home and Student office suite and you can buy MS Outlook for them too making them damn good bang for the buck business/Student tablets and nice small game player tablets that use the Xbox hand controller

14. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

WOW! A device to take notes! That's real innovation, and exactly what most people were waiting for!

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

When you do more than play angry birds... My 11.6in 8.1 Tablet has been wonderful, it just got approval from the Accounting department to be allowed in school/work because it is NOT a tablet but a full PC. I loved the look on my co-workers/students faces who owned a galaxy tab 10 and a ipad when i brought my tablet out and they both asked, "how the hell did you get approval for a tablet..." i grinned and replied with "its a pc..." After showing the 'tablet', the next week one was rocking a surface and another was rocking Asus.

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Personally, I'm not a fan of smaller tablets. But it is highly popular at work. The office is waiting to equip us with these machines (as soon as they are available.) My preferences still go with the Surface 2 or Surface 2 Pro... I don't mind larger devices, I can get more work done.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Try the dell 8in, windows 8 pc's. I have played with them and they are solid. I use a lynx 11.6in and love it. Personally would love a surface 2, but my current tablet was 250 so yea.

18. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

We'll see what the office ends up picking up, but I can only choose my personal devices... which is why I will stick with a phablet (when Tmobile releases a WP8.1 device) + Full size surface 2 Pro But I've heard great things about the dell mini tablets as well.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I wish they do as well. Currently on TMO and i Hate that their flagship win8 phone is a phone from last year! Come on, no 1520, no 1020, no 930, no icon, type of device?! But yes my lynx 11.6 tablet from newegg for 250 has been rock solid and love it. SUpports a keyboard lenovo dock that adds keyboard, touchpad, usb etc, plus 8hrs of extra battery life on top of the 8hrs. So 16.

21. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Totally agree! T-Mobile is not going about aggressively for anything but their Android and iPhone game. However, I absolutely love my Lumia 925 ;) And - for a little while - was happy it was a T-Mobile exclusive. Hopefully a new WP flagship will be announced on T-Mo!

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