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.
Microsoft is aiming for third-time lucky with its tablet ambitions, unveiling the Surface Pro 3 this morning. Rather than the smaller Windows 8 slate many expected, the Surface Pro 3 actually got bigger, with a new 12-inch display and a redesigned keyboard and pen which Microsoft argues makes it the only real hybrid for content consumption and creation. Read on for some first-impressions.
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.
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.
Rumors of the next Surface tablet have increased in recent weeks, and now it looks like we've only a few remaining before we'll get an official look at the device. Microsoft has fired off an invitation for a Surface event slated for May 20, during which we'll likely be introduced to the Surface Mini.
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.
Back in September, word surfaced that Microsoft would be releasing a Surface Mini this year, something that was followed up this month with sources leaking the tablet's alleged specs. Now another leak has surfaced, this one in the form of an Amazon listing hinting at a May launch date.