There will be no 7" Windows 8 tablets in the foreseeable future

There will be no 7
Well, well, well, it seems someone isn't really into that whole 7" tablet thing, eh? Microsoft may actually turn out to be an even bigger hater of small tablets than Apple. This is what we can make of a recent statement made by the company's Windows Group CFO, Tami Reller.

During an interview with Nate Lanxon of Wired UK, Mr. Reller said that that the company and its partners are currently focusing on the 10" tablet space. When asked if that means that there are no current plans for 7" Windows tablets, Reller replied with "Correct."

It is not entirely sure if the statement goes for Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets alike, but it is believed so... which is a shame, is you ask us, because 7" or 7+" Windows RT tablets really make sense. With a smaller screen (and lower price), people are less likely to use such a tablet for productivity purposes and more likely to be OK with using it as a consumer device - mainly for web browsing, reading, music, a bit of gaming, etc.

Still, we guess that at least some of Microsoft's partners will be willing to produce small Windows tablets at some point, considering the relative success of the popular Android tablets like the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7.

via: Neowin

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20 Comments

1. Suts_97

Posts: 128; Member since: May 05, 2012

There'll be no 7" tablets, but there might be 7.9" tablets!

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

haha and it will be different!

7. really

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

The 7.9" tablet were Legendary... hahahahaha

9. pankajgupta

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

They said no current plans. They did not say never (like Apple). MS will definitely venture into mini Territory once current devices are a hit.

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Haha yeah i think so

12. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Microsoft aren't even sure their heavy,confusing and clumsy 10" tablets will sell. Why would they even think about going 7" or for that matter 7.9"'s. Worry about getting your ugly WP's out first microsoft, before you try running with the big boys...

13. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Such a fan boy, and you don't consider Microsoft one of the ''big boys'' please its one of the biggest. You seem obsessed with trying to get your negative Fanboy comments on every windows article why? Surface is confusing? Yet you android fans defend your os when people say its confusing by saying its more advanced and for smart people.........so maybe your just not smart enough if surface confuses you

15. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Microsoft is not one of the biggest, they only been in the smartphone business for what 4 years!!! And less then that for the Tablet and pc's, so I'M not confused... Microsoft over-boss wants to depopulate the world with his vaccines... I don't need to get into a IQ points test with you, so i'll leave it at that. :) Your funny.

17. awave

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

No, you don't need to get into an IQ argument with anyone. You'd quite clearly loose. Most know that Microsoft has been in the smartphone business for a LONG time. Longer than Apple. Pocket PC 2002 was the first of their Mobile OSs that supported smartphones. Ever wondered why XDA-Developers is named that? Named after the O2 series of Windows Smartphones (roughly 2002 - 2008). Obviously, from your comments I expect you're fairly young, but then again I'm not that old... So, you may have heard about this website at school, it's called wikipedia. This page may teach you a bit about the history of smartphones (so you don't make it up next time!):http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone#Early_years

20. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Well, Awave that old saying that the truth will set you free, or loose as you put it, is true... But this argument i will not lose! It's correct that Microsoft has made the software for Personal Data Assistance (PDA), But the OEM for this software are "Compaq, HTC, Toshiba, Dell, Hewlett Packard, etc... Like i said Microsoft is NOT a big boy in the smartphone business even though they've been in it for awhile now... Fact is they are just getting started... Maybe you should take longer look at your studies, i'm gone without anymore replies. ;)

3. erwiin.blf90

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

They have their point here. i've played with windows8 on my 9.7" ipad through splashtop app. while the touch experience is great on the metro apps mode (or should i say in modern UI apps), the touch desktop experience is kinda frustrating, including the office app itself. the buttons are way too small to touch

4. pfroo40

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

I think Android's UI is well suited to a 7" device and don't mind keeping that around for my light tablet usage. A 7" windows tablet is possible, but it would really have to be more of a windows phone adaptation since the desktop interface would not be very usable on it.

5. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Haha! Apple said the same thing! And then invented the ipad mini! All haters of ipad mini remember specs don't matter for ios devices and windows phone devices. Also remember the distance factor- nexus 7 is smaller and so it will be held closer to the eye than ipad mini and so to avoid looking pixelated it had to have a good 216 ppi. Ipad mini is larger and when held at the normal distance it will never look pixelated. So 162ppi was good enough. Unless you bring your eye freakishly close to the display whether be it the N7 or ipad mini you won't see pixelation. Another example is when I had this cheap phone called galaxy ace which had an hvga display but I figured just holding it about 8 inches from the eye I saw no pixelation and it had 163 ppi. Also, remember galaxy s2 had lower resolution than iPhone 4S but galaxy s2 was bigger so it was held further away from the eye and so it never looked pixelated and was comparable to the retina display. I understand the price is very high but I guess you would be paying for a better built device which is thinner, lighter and prettier. Don't get me wrong- I am buying N7 instead of ipad mini because I won't experience owning an android tablet which I have never owned and also because I have an ipad 3 already.

6. JeffdaBeat unregistered

At the same time, let's not ask Microsoft to stretch themselves too thin. They need to get this right and I'd rather them focus on Surface instead of focusing on a bunch of resolutions and formats.

10. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Personally, I do not think there is much of a point releasing a smaller 7 inch windows tablet. Granted I think it could sell well but at the same time no one wants to lose that productivity and that is what Windows is all about. I am sure economies of scale will lead to them in the future but I want to be productive not just a consumer.

11. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Microsoft and Barnes and Noble are working on a product. And the Nooks are 7in tablets. I would venture to say that will be Microsoft's way of entering the 7in foray.

14. EspHack

Posts: 70; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

7" is pretty much useless for a tablet, 10" is the bare minimum, 13-15" tablets should be the norm and 10" tablets the "mini"

16. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Most of the convertible Windows 8 laptops/tablets are the average size of a laptop screen, which is about 10"+, so I don't see any reason why they need to release any 7" tablets right now.

18. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i dont really like this... 7" is pretty much a good size for students but with WP8 on it! coz actually the new surface or any other tablet with bigger than 10.1 is hilariously big! even 10.1 tablet is big but still ok... but the surface size is super---- too tall in portrait, and too long in landscape! its not that handy!!!! while 7" and below 10" tablet are handy and you're really comfortable with it!! hope microsoft will re-consider!!! hope nokia will make a 7" tablet with WP8!!! a lumia tablet is a dream come true! :)

19. AT_Engineer

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

It's not about market position or who's better. The challenges to make a Windows- capable x86 CPU tablet are huge. The best to date in the small format (~$500 range) were using Atom CPU that are woefully underpowered. You need serious horsepower to run x86 Wndows7/8. ARM CPUs are a completely different type of CPU and can never run windows, until Win8-RT came along recently and the apps still need to be rewritten for ARM. And still the ARM based devices are orders of magnitude less powerful than the comples x86 Intel and AMD CPUs. You can't "jailbreak" an ARm tablet and install Windows. They are incompatible things. Apple took an ARM device the size of an iPod, literally the ipod guts, and slipped it into a case with a 10" screen and a whole lot of space for a big battery. Now they are just fiddling with the space. To make a Windows tablet you have to take the guts from a laptop and shrink it down into a thin flat 7" to10" case, with a battery, an still have heat dissipation, and peripheral support components, USB and bus component etc. A 7" Windows tablet is possible in the near future, but for now 10" is competently doable.

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