Is this Microsoft’s canceled Surface Mini?
Microsoft was planning to introduce a Surface Mini tablet alongside its Surface Pro 3 at an event in May 2014. Microsoft’s canceled Surface Mini tablet emerges in leaked images. While the Surface Pro 3 was announced to much surprise. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop canceled the Surface Mini project just weeks before. Remembering Microsoft’s Canceled Surface Mini. We’ve heard about the Surface Mini many times over the past few years, but Windows Central has now obtained images of the device.This is Microsoft’s canceled Surface Mini (exclusive photos and details)
The Surface Mini was
Windows RT 8.1
Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.15GHz
1GB of RAM
1,140×1,080 screen resolution
32GB of storage
While this doesn’t exactly shake our world, the alleged Surface Mini would have been Microsoft’s first crack at making a tablet under 10 inches (its Surface line has range from 10 to 12 inches). It would have been interesting to have checked out the new size, but alas, it just won’t happen.
Surface Mini: Is this Microsoft’s canceled tablet from 2014?
Unfortunately, Microsoft scrapped the product just weeks before it was scheduled to be announced. The Surface Mini was supposed to launch alongside the Surface Pro 3 back in 2014, but the company made the decision to kill the device because it didn’t have enough unique selling points to warrant its existence. Windows RT was basically killed just a few months later, with the unveiling of Windows 10 in September 2014.
Should Microsoft have canceled the Surface Mini?
I believe there is a market for small, premium eight-inch Windows tablets with pen support, even though they’re scarce these days. Maybe Microsoft will one-day return to its Surface Mini plans. With Windows 10 coming to ARM later this year, perhaps it will then be the perfect time for a new Surface Mini with updated internals and pen integration.
Microsoft has since focused on the strengths and uniqueness of its Surface line, including introducing a Surface Studio all-in-one PC and a new Surface Laptop. Microsoft is now planning to introduce an LTE-powered Surface Pro device in October, and the company will likely refresh its Surface Book device later this year.