WSJ says new Microsoft Surface tablets are coming including 7 inch model

WSJ says new Microsoft Surface tablets are coming including 7 inch model
According to the WSJ, Microsoft plans a new lineup of Microsoft tablets including a 7 inch model expected to start production later in 2013. Microsoft has found itself without a 7 inch slate to go up against the large number of low-priced 7 inch Android tablets like the Google Nexus 7. According to IDC, half of the tablets that shipped in the fourth quarter were under 8 inches.

A source familiar with Microsoft's plans says that a 7 inch tablet wasn't even on the company's radar last year, but executives at the Redmond based firm realized that it had no response for the lower priced Android slates and for the iOS flavored Apple iPad mini, which carries a 7.9 inch screen. Executives also have gone on the record to admit that its product lineup doesn't include a low-priced touchscreen product.

Microsoft is also continuing to test its own smartphone, according to component suppliers, but it still is unknown if the handset will ever see a public release. It is all part of what CEO Steve Ballmer calls Microsoft's shift from a software company to a "devices and services" company.

source: WSJ

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11 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Microsoft's product lineup doesn't include a low-priced touch-screen product? Ok, NEXT!!!

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Ok so this will be 16GB storage with 2 GB free space?

3. eshwarnag

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

but atleast lets you use your external hardrives unlike iTablets!

5. lovefist unregistered

its 2gb free space but 1.5gb for your pics, movies and stuff.. and 500mb only for apps.. cause' there are little to no decent apps on the store , so what's the point.. :-D

4. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

Microsoft's needs to make there products alot more fair prices and also they need to work on more apps fix there app store before they can ask for this kind of prices and get people attention

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Since the 7-inch Surface (aka Surface mini) will most likely be a RT edition, I predict it will be a sales fail. Just like the 'full size' Surface RT is a raging sales success. MS needs to figure out how to get the X86 chipset into a 7 inch form factor with 5+ hour battery life. Now that would be truly innovative.

9. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Hopefully that solution is Haswell.

11. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Not if they have it for a great price and they market it well. I thought the marketing for the Surface was great. The price is just way too high.

7. FlushGordon unregistered

Give it up Microsoft, you'll never gonna succeed!

8. Apple6

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

Copycats!

10. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Microsoft fan but *rolls eyes at* "A source familiar with Microsoft's plans says that a 7 inch tablet wasn't even on the company's radar last year, but executives at the Redmond based firm realized that it had no response for the lower priced Android slates and for the iOS flavored Apple iPad mini..." REALLY? It's what I've wanted since Win8 was announced!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please give me a good priced Win RT tablet @ 7". Take my money already!!

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