The Surface Mini everyone was expecting this morning was likely in the works until recently. A new report by Bloomberg notes that executives at Microsoft nixed the smaller tablet at the last-minute, opting instead to focus their energy on what a larger device could bring to the table.
With the "lowest latency in the industry," according to Corporate vice president of Surface Computing at Microsoft Panos Panay, Surface Pro 3 can take notes quickly. Better than that, clicking the back and of the pen included with the Surface Pro 3 launches Microsoft OneNote in an instant, even if the device is "off."
Today the Surface Pro 3 was introduced officially. This device is an extremely thin tablet with the ability to work with Windows 8 with processing power for everyday tasks along with battery life long enough to last a day. This device works with a 12-inch display (diagonally) with a body that's thinner than its predecessors.
This week it would appear that the Surface Pro 3 is closer to an official reveal than ever before, with several key specifications appearing in the rumor mill before Microsoft can confirm. This device is said to be appearing at an upcoming Microsoft event alongside another, smaller Surface device that could be called the Surface mini.
Microsoft's "Surface mini" will be one of a number of new Windows tablets revealed on May 20th, insiders claim, with the software giant said to be readying both Windows RT and full Windows 8.1 models. The new Surface RT 8.1 models will also mark a switch in architecture, it's suggested, with Qualcomm's Snapdragon said to be under the hood.
Why would Microsoft have their new CEO, Satya Nadella, come to a New York City just to launch a new product? Word this week is that he’ll be attending the May 20th event to bring on the Surface Mini, the first Surface tablet to be released by Microsoft with a display smaller than 10.6-inches. We’ve already seen an 8-inch Windows tablet in the Acer Iconia W3 - can Microsoft’s release do better?
There’s little doubt now that Microsoft will eventually release a smaller version of its Surface tablet. Reports this week suggest that the supposedly delayed Microsoft Surface Mini will make its first debut at the next Surface event, one taking place on the 20th of May in New York City. This release may very well be so important that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be officiating.
Suggestion of a handheld gaming system made by Microsoft for the Xbox One ecosystem have swirled for years. There’ve even been renders made - devices with controls at their sides and a touchscreen in the center, all emblazoned with the XBOX logo front and center. Today those dreams have been doused.
In a sort of post-mortem before the date of death occurred, former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop - now working with Microsoft - confirmed the death of the brand. Nokia will no longer be used as a smartphone brand, he made clear, suggesting that Microsoft had not yet chosen a new brand to represent the phones being made at this time.