Microsoft's Panay confirms that the Surface Mini was real and did exist

Microsoft's Panay confirms that the Surface Mini was real and did exist
You might recall that last year, Microsoft reportedly decided at the last minute not to introduce a tablet called the Surface Mini. Originally rumored to be joining Microsoft's lineup as far back as September 2013, speculation that such a device was coming persisted until just before the Surface Mini was expected to be unveiled on May 20th, 2014.

Subsequent reports out of Redmond said that the product was nixed because there was nothing that would differentiate the slate from similar devices made by the competition. Also, both Satya Nadella, and Stephen Elop both decided that Microsoft would not make any money from selling the product. A month later, references to the device were found in the Surface Pro 3 User Guide, which among other things, discussed pairing the digital pen to the Surface Mini.

Further confirmation that the Surface Mini was real and was produced, comes from Surface VP Panos Panay. The executive told WIRED  that before the Surface Mini was axed, he used the tablet every day. Calling it "awesome," he even adds that it was the tablet he was using when he came to the conclusion that the Surface Book had to be more than just a laptop. The Surface Book, unveiled earlier this month, converts from a laptop to a stand-alone slate.

Panay's interview confirms that the Surface Mini was a real product and was apparently ready to ship. Will you ever be able to buy a Surface Mini? Despite rumors of a second chance for the product, there was nothing said by Panay that would point to that happening, at least not right now.

source: WIRED via Engadget

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6 Comments

1. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

No point in making a Surface Mini anymore if they are going to make a Surface Phone, or Phablet especially.

2. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Everyone knows it was real, good that they cancelled it, the whole focus was on SP3 which was a revolutionary product for many. If Surface Mini would have not differentiated itself from others it would have been criticized by reviewers.

3. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

And bashed by haters.

4. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Would love the mini I would trade the ipad mini 2 for it in a heartbeat. Looking to sell ipad air for surface 3

5. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Surface Phone or GTFO. I want real desktop quality softwares instead of those crappy iOS and Android apps dat took a whole day to make.

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

the surface mini was doomed because it ran the Windows RT Operating system. aparently New MS CEO Nadella decided not to continue to make devices that used Windows RT. as you know the popular Atom CPU Surface 3 came out running full windows OS. a lot of folks who do not the need the power of an intel i5 or i7 CPU like the Surface 3 because of it's light weight, it runs MS office well and is good to use for Internet based music and video entertainment and just surfing the web. a lot of People consider it a much better tablet than an Ipad. it is sad developers of some really good Android and Apple apps have not made apps for it and the more powerful Surface Pro 3. Folks Windows 10 may change that because it is Juggernaugt OS that is now on over 100 milllion Desktop pc's, Laptops, Tablet,and ect. each of these devices has an Apps store. I think alot of Apps were pulled from Windows smart phones to be remade as universal Apps that will work on all windows 10 devices including a Windows 10 OS smart phone.

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