Surface Mini Release Date

Microsoft’s iPad mini rival reportedly back on track for a summer launch

By on July 7, 2014 at 8:55 AM.

Microsoft’s iPad mini rival reportedly back on track for a summer launch

Has Microsoft finally found the key differentiated functionality that will make its Surface mini tablet a hit? According to earlier reports, Microsoft cancelled plans to unveil its smaller Surface tablet at the last minute this past May when the realization set in that consumers likely would have no reason to purchase the Windows RT slate over the similarly sized iPad mini or Android tablets. According to a new report, however, plans to launch the Surface mini are now back on. More →

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Microsoft Surface Mini Release Date

New report explains why Microsoft ditched plans to launch the Surface Mini

By on June 30, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

New report explains why Microsoft ditched plans to launch the Surface Mini

Microsoft’s line of Surface brand tablets have easily been among the most sleek and well-made Windows devices the world has ever seen. What they haven’t been, however, is a hit with consumers or enterprise users. Microsoft continues to improve its Surface lineup each year, having most recently launched the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet that features what quite possibly the most impressive laptop/tablet hybrid design we have ever seen. The devices are still a tough and expensive sell in a market driven by price, however, and they don’t offer much in the way of truly useful differentiation.

Apparently, Microsoft’s much-rumored Surface Mini tablet didn’t offer much differentiation either, and a new report claims Microsoft cancelled plans to build the smaller tablet at the last minute. More →

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Surface Mini Windows 8.1 Tablet

Microsoft accidentally confirmed the Surface Mini

By on June 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM.

Microsoft accidentally confirmed the Surface Mini

Many reports detailed the imminent launch of the Surface Mini in the weeks preceding the Surface Pro 3 debut, until just before the event, when news broke that the Surface Mini wouldn’t be making an appearance at the company’s tablet event. The product still appears to be in the cards for a future launch though, and Microsoft has mistakenly confirmed its existence in the most surprising way. More →

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Microsoft Surface Mini Release

Ex-Nokia boss Elop reportedly killed the Surface mini

By on May 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

Ex-Nokia boss Elop reportedly killed the Surface mini

The cold, dreaded hands of Microsoft devices and services boss Stephen Elop are now apparently responsible for killing off another product. Bloomberg is reporting that Elop, who most famously ordered the death of the once-dominant Symbian platform during his tenure as Nokia’s CEO, was responsible for axing a smaller, cheaper version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet that was tentatively called the Surface mini. More →

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Microsoft Surface Live Streaming Video

Live streaming video: Watch live as Microsoft unveils brand new Surface tablets

By on May 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM.

Live streaming video: Watch live as Microsoft unveils brand new Surface tablets

Microsoft’s Surface tablet lineup consists of what are arguably the most exciting and intriguing Windows 8/8.1/RT devices on the planet. They’re sleek and beautiful, they’re fast and powerful, and they’re remarkably well designed. In fact, they’re probably some of the best designed tablets the world has ever seen. More →

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Surface Pro 3 Features

Surface mini reportedly ditched in favor of something bigger

By on May 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Surface mini reportedly ditched in favor of something bigger

While Microsoft’s New York event taking place on Tuesday was supposed to be about the Surface Mini – a 7-inch to 8-inch tablet meant to fight against similarly sized devices running iOS or Android – Computer World has learned that Microsoft will not actually unveil such a Windows tablet. Instead, the company will announce Surface Pro 3 models that will have bigger screens, possibly going up to 12-inch in size. More →

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Surface Mini Details

Multiple new Surface tablets to be unveiled on May 20th

By on May 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM.

Multiple new Surface tablets to be unveiled on May 20th

Microsoft is widely expected to take the wraps off of a smaller “Surface mini” tablet during a press conference in New York City on May 20th. According to a new report, however, the Surface mini will be just one of several new tablet models that Microsoft plans to unveil at its event later this month. More →

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Surface Mini Launch Date

Microsoft expected to take on iPad mini with smaller Surface launch

By on May 6, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Microsoft expected to take on iPad mini with smaller Surface launch

Many reports have detailed Microsoft’s plans to release a smaller Surface mini Windows tablet that would compete directly against the iPad mini and similarly sized Android tablets, but the company has taken its time to actually bring the product to market. However, Microsoft may soon launch the Surface mini, as it has scheduled a “small” press event for May 20 in New York City, where it’s supposed to talk about its Surface tablet line, according to The Next Web. More →

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Microsoft Surface Mini Leak

Microsoft’s Surface mini seemingly revealed on Amazon

By on April 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

Microsoft’s Surface mini seemingly revealed on Amazon

After months of silence, new details regarding the rumored Surface mini finally appeared two weeks ago, signaling that the device would eventually see the light of day. Aki Antman on Twitter brought even more evidence to the table this week with the discovery of two Surface mini accessory listings on Amazon, one for a Smart Cover case and another for a Bluetooth keyboard case. More →

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Microsoft Surface Mini Specs and Launch

Microsoft Surface mini tablet supposedly launching this spring

By on April 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Microsoft Surface mini tablet supposedly launching this spring

Microsoft has been rumored for quite some time to be working on a smaller Surface tablet, but the company has yet to make such plans official. However, Neowin says the tablet may be closer to launch than customers expect, with Microsoft now rumored to release it at some point in the second quarter of the year. According to the report, Microsoft’s Surface mini launch delay was intentional – a business decision – and not the result of Microsoft not being able to meet demand for Surface 2 and Surface mini tablets when it comes to production. More →

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Surface 3, Surface Mini Launch

Surface 3, Surface Mini launch reportedly set for late 2014

By on January 10, 2014 at 6:45 AM.

Surface 3, Surface Mini launch reportedly set for late 2014

Despite not making any announcements at CES 2014, Microsoft has been unofficially tied to new products that were on display at the trade show, including NVIDIA’s Tegra K1, which will reportedly equip the Surface 3 and AMD’s Mullins processor that’s apparently considered for the rumored Xbox TV. Of the newly announced Tegra K1 processor versions, the Surface 3 will reportedly make use of the 64-bit version, dubbed Denver, which will arrive later this year. The new Windows tablet/laptop may only launch at end of 2014, @MSFTnerd tweeted (via Microsoft-News), and it will likely be preceded by Surface Mini and LTE versions of the Surface 2. The “Surface notebook” plans are apparently on hold according to the same source, and Microsoft is considering using AMD’s Mullins processor inside the Xbox TV, instead of its custom chip produced by Samsung.
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Surface Mini Kinect Features

Kinect-like face recognition, touchless control tipped for Surface Mini

By on December 17, 2013 at 6:30 AM.

Kinect-like face recognition, touchless control tipped for Surface Mini

The rumored Surface Mini Windows tablet that wasn’t introduced alongside the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 earlier this year is still coming, a report from Chinese publication WPDang (via UnwiredView) claims, adding that some Kinect-like functionality will be included. Apparently the Surface Mini will be launched in 2014 and feature an 8-inch display with Full HD 1080p resolution and an Intel Bay Trail processor under the hood. Most interestingly, the Surface Mini is said to include face recognition and touchless control features, even though the bigger Surface 2 models lack such features. More →

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Surface Mini Specs

Microsoft again said to be prepping smaller Surface tablet

By on September 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

Microsoft again said to be prepping smaller Surface tablet

It didn’t turn up at Microsoft’s press conference earlier this week like the Associated Press said it would, but a smaller Surface tablet is almost certainly in the works. The latest report suggesting Microsoft is on the verge of announcing a “Surface mini” comes from IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander, who told CNET that the upcoming Windows RT slate will feature a 7.5-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 1,400 x 1,050-pixel resolution. The only other detail provided was that the new Surface tablet may include embedded 3G/4G connectivity, which would be a first for Microsoft. A separate report on Wednesday from ZDNet suggested that Microsoft’s tinier tablet won’t debut until next year, so those looking for a new Surface in 2013 will seemingly have to choose to either the Surface 2 or the Surface Pro 2.

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