Microsoft's mini tablet could surface later this year

Microsoft's mini tablet could surface later this year
The Microsoft Surface mini should be enjoying its second week on the market. With a digital pen, and a 7.5 inch screen, the slate designed for capturing digital notes and messages was supposed to be the center of attention at a Microsoft event on May 20th. Instead, with the Surface mini unveiling canceled, the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was the focus of the day's little get together.

According to IHS analyst Rhoda Alexander, who is in charge of research for monitors and tablets, Microsoft is still working with the supply chain on the Surface mini. 15,000 to 20,000 units were reportedly manufactured before the decision came down from the top to 86 the Surface mini introduction. While the idea of a Surface mini is still apparently on Microsoft's bucket list, Alexander doesn't see it happening in the near future. Instead, she sees the bite-sized slate coming to market by the end of this year.

Microsoft decided not to introduce the Surface mini because Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President Stephen Elop were not happy with the product. The executives did not want a repeat of what happened with the Microsoft Surface RT. Almost $1 billion of the slabs had to be written off because they were sitting in Microsoft's warehouse, collecting dust. Another rumor has Microsoft waiting for the all-touch version of Office to be ready before launching the Surface mini.

Still, Alexander has spotted a surge in orders for 7.5 inch panels. A combined 100,000 of these displays were shipped to Microsoft, according to her figures. And with orders for the glass spiking up again during March and April, the gang at Redmond could be working on building inventory of the Surface mini in advance of a launch later this year. "I don't see them purchasing that kind of volume if they've canceled the product," Alexander said.

The analyst also noted that the information she heard through the grapevine, indicated that Microsoft planned on making the Surface mini the highest volume slate under the Surface name.

source: CNET

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6 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i see what you did there ;)

2. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

If this comes with a stylus I might be sold.

3. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I pre-ordered the pro 3. The mini seems alright, but I need the bigger screen for serious note taking. I am currently using the Note 10.1 2014 edition, but even that screen is just a little too small for comfortable note taking sessions. Also, moving the button to the side is actually a god send. Since I take notes in portrait mode, which is like writing on a normal piece of paper, the button will be at the bottom and out of the way of my hand. The buttons on the Note get in my way and I often accidentally hit one which disrupts my note taking. The reason I love the button change is the exact reason why others are hating on it, lol.

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

If this is true. I'll pass on the 12" PRO 3 and wait for the mini version.

5. WinDroid

Posts: 77; Member since: May 20, 2014

However mini version won't support The giant backlog of Windows Software, only Windows Store apps which are pretty pitiful right now.

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If the new surface mini comes out with an Atom CPU I see it as a definite "Winner" but I am unsure how well a "Surface mini using the Windows RT Operating system would sell because it seems that the Public wants Atom powered full windows 8.1- 8 inch screen Tablets. Microsoft is working on a new OS that will run on Microsoft smart phones and ARMS CPU tablets. if this NEW OS is announced and has a different name Than Windows RT, it might be accepted by the Public. I think Microsoft needs another line of small cheaper tablets that use's Intel Atom and AMD Mobile CPU's that will run full Windows 8.1 to go on sale along side of the Microsoft Mini "Surface that sell in the sweet spot price range for tablets which is 300 to 450 USA dollars. in fact if the Microsoft Surface Mini sells 300 to 350 USA dollars with the stylus it may sell well in the market place to folks who do not care to have Full windows desktop programs run in a small screen Tablet

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