Smaller Surface to have a 7.5" display, price tag of $399 or less

Smaller Surface to have a 7.5
Microsoft has been rumored to be working on a smaller Surface for quite some time now, but we haven't really seen any specific facts regarding the device thus far. Today this changes as an NPD DisplaySearch analyst reports that Microsoft is looking to use a 7.5" display for its Surface mini tablet. Exactly where the analyst has gotten this info from remains unclear.

What's more, the 7.5" screen is said to be with a resolution of 1400 x 1050 pixels, which would make for a pixel density of 233 ppi. While this is more than what most tablets in this class can offer, it's very likely that by the time the small Surface comes out, the competition will be armed with similar or even higher resolutions. Unfortunately, NPD DisplaySearch says that the small Surface is still in the early stages of development and will probably enter mass production sometime in Q1 2014.

Meanwhile, Cnet has cited some other sources, who seem to be convinced that Microsoft will be looking to hit the $399 price-point with the Surface mini. Still, the sources also say that the price might be lower by the time the device launches. Even then, if Apple decides to keep the $329 price for its new iPad mini, which will probably have a much better resolution, we can once again see those Surfaces remain on the store shelves for quite some time with a price like this.

via: Neowin

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22 Comments

1. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Just ditch the RT version

3. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

you think those arm processors can handle full fledged windows?

8. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

windowsRT *is* full fledged windows, without the x86 compatibility/legacy garbage.

21. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

I meant windows 8 WITH the x86 compatibility/legacy "garbage".

15. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

When Atom Z2760 can I don´t see why any mid-high end ARM wouldn´t when they are more powerful than that.

20. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i hate RT if its going to be pricier than iPad or android tablets! i mean what's the point of RTs if intel themselve already promise to bring windows tablet upto $200 with their new bay trail+ chips!

2. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

1400 X 1050? 4:3 ratio? Oh, please, hell no. 2 big black stripes when i watch videos which are usually 16:9. That ratio alone is enough for me to never consider an iPad if i want a new tablet.

4. Daftama

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

If you want to kill the icrap tske a hit make it 250-300 you idiot s like samsung put a price of 400 expect it to take off...

5. gd761

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

If Microsoft wants to be able to take away Market Share from Both Apple and Android, then Microsoft MUST get rid of WINDOWS RT! Also, what Microsoft can do to make their Tablets a LOT MORE APPEALING is to make them UPGRADEABLE! Let us be able to Upgrade the Storage from 64GB or 128GB to the SSD Size that Microsoft has on an Approved list of what's compatible for that Tablet. When anyone buys a Computer, Laptop, or even a Netbook, we can UPGRADE THEM! When Will Microsoft do the Same for their Tablets? When Microsoft Builds and Sells ANY Tablet that the Customer can Upgrade the Storage, then Microsoft Will See an Increased Demand for their UPGRADEABLE TABLET, which Will be something that Will be Able to Help Microsoft take Away Market Share from Both Apple and Android. Microsoft; Make and Sell Tablets that Can Be Upgraded BEFORE Apple or Android do it. Don't take a Back Seat and have them Keep being Leaders and You Following their lead!

9. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Sounds like you want a chunky laptop.

10. gd761

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

No. I Just Want More Options! And by the way, Any Laptop is CHUNKIER as you said than Any Tablet. I Want More Storage Options. Replacing the 128GB SSD with a 512GB or 1TB doesn't take up any more room physically. It's just Impossible to Open the Surface Tablet and Upgrade the SSD and then put it back together and have it work perfectly.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Slim, solid tablet or chunky laptop. Take your pick. I'd go for replaceable battery first than memory.

14. gd761

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I Didn't say Anything about the Memory. I Said Storage. You said having a Replaceable Battery. If it weighs anything More or if it's thicker, then yours would be as you called it "CHUNKIER".

17. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It's a lot easier to have a replaceable battery that makes contact with a few pins instead of an SSD. I say memory because a lot of today's devices use storage as the memory.

18. gd761

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

The Surface and Surface Pro have Both Memory and Storage which is 100% Totally Different. We are talking about Microsoft Surface Tablets, Not Anyone Else's Tablet or Hybrid. Also, the SSD if it was Easily Accessible is Super Easy to change. Go it Ifixit and look it up.

6. FlushGordon unregistered

Microsoft just don't get it..... You want the Surface to sell? Make it waay cheaper than that

7. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

we need cheaps surface pro

13. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i thought this one is surface pro O_o

22. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

yeah!! RTs are pointelss if cheap intel bay trail+ chips are coming! i mean a pure tablet PC at $200?! everyone will want that!

12. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I hope this not true because $399 isn't much of a price difference from the originally $499 that everyone complained about

16. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Hi folks Microsoft has a big problem as you good Folks know Apple Ipads and Android tablets use only Apps designed for touch screen Tablets. Microsoft's Windows RT tablets do the same thing yet it seems folks that most People want Microsoft to make PC's that are shaped like a tablet so they can run their old mouse and keyboard designed Windows XP, Vista. and Windows 7 desktop programs. Hmm what is Microsoft to do? I do see the need for a touch screen apps only version of Especially on a E book reader like a Windows Rt Nook HD It would be a hot product because it's a device you only use to read e books and E magazines on. a nook HD plus windows RT is match made in heaven. microsoft folks made a Money investment in Barnes and novel a Nook HD running windows RT is possible if Microsoft and Barnes and Noble go for it.. What do you Folks think? Would you buy an E ready with windows RT please understand that E readers are not made for production on for e reading!?..

19. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

And it will still be sporting a subpar Atom processor. The only thing those processors have going for it is battery life, which is achieved through slow performance.

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