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.
The listings not only showcase the accessories, but what appears to be a Surface mini as well. Its dimensions are noticeably smaller than its currently available counterpart, and on the product page, the description notes that the Bluetooth keyboard will “only fit Microsoft Surface Mini 8-inch tablet.” We won’t know for sure if the display specifications are legitimate until Microsoft announces the tablet, but considering the 7.9-inch display of the iPad mini, an 8-inch display for the Surface mini is well within the realm of possibility.
Vostrostone, the retailer responsible for the listings, plans to have the cases in stock on May 18th. If Microsoft is going to announce a new Surface model, now would be the time to strike. With iPad sales down, even if only in the eyes of investors, an attractive alternative from Microsoft might sway a few stragglers.