There has been some speculation about Microsoft Surface’s younger sibling, the Surface Mini, launching next month. Although nothing is certain yet, the rumors are getting louder and louder. A suspected release date of May 18 has popped up after Amazon had a product listing for the Surface Mini online. The Surface Mini was supposed to be launched late in 2013 together with the Surface 2, but it was pushed back due to supply chain issues as well as some changes in business strategy.
The Surface Mini?s specs are probably going to be a lighter version of the Surface 2 or the Surface 2 Pro. Since the Surface 2 Pro houses higher powered Intel Core series chips, the Surface Mini will, more than likely, pack a less powerful but still pretty solid Intel Bay Trail CPU. This allows the Surface Mini to fully utilize the Windows 8.1 software.
Panos Panay, Microsoft?s Surface head, also helped fuel the rumors by saying that their division is working on having ?multiple aspect ratios and sizes?. This opens the possibilities of a Surface device that has a 16:10 aspect ratio that is in Apple?s iPad category. So far, all of Microsoft?s Surface tablets have featured a 16:9 aspect ratio, a ratio which is mostly used for multimedia or gaming in landscape mode.
Although a Surface Mini release would do well for Microsoft, it still has a lot of work cut out for it. Just like in the smart phone category, the windows tablet category still has a lot of catching up to do. It doesn?t help that there are a lot of other tablets like the iPad and various Android tablets in the market that have gotten a head start, as well as the majority of the market share. What Microsoft has going for it though is the versatility of a windows tablet. With windows 8.1, mobility and functionality are pretty closely knit. A smaller and more portable version could help boost sales for the Windows device and, if priced competitively, could become a major contender in the tablet category. We?ll know for sure in the next few weeks if these rumors are true.
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