Confirmed: Surface Mini to support the same pen as the Pro 3

Earlier today, Microsoft accidently confirmed that the Surface Mini is real; the evidence came in the Surface Pro 3 new user guide with multiple references to the device.

While we knew the device was real, thanks to the copious amount of information we were able to leak, we were still a bit baffled that the device was killed at the last minute. While we knew our sources were good, it’s reassuring to see Microsoft confirm that the device was indeed originally slated for launch with the Pro 3.

While Microsoft has not said anything yet about the Mini references in the Pro 3 documentation, we can derive from the material that the Mini will support pen input.

We had been saying for some time that pen support would be coming to the Mini and this documentation confirms this information; what’s more interesting is that the pen will also work on an ARM-based device. Knowing this, it's possible that the next iteration of the 10-inch Surface will support pen input as well.

This information aligns with what we had heard previously about the Surface Mini with Microsoft wanting to position it as a note-taking device. Considering that Microsoft is waiting until, at least, the launch of Gemini (the touch friendly version of Office for Windows), they may position the Mini as the ultimate mobile office tablet.

With Gemini expected, at the earliest, this fall, don’t expect the Surface Mini to be released in the near future. While fall is not that far away, we would expect Microsoft to separate the launch dates of the Pro 3 and the Mini by a modest amount of time. And with Elop now running the show too, the device could be killed entirely but we don’t think that will happen.

Microsoft has not offered any kind of statement about the Mini references in the Pro 3 documentation and don't hold your breath, as we are not expecting them to say anything. 

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How about the heat problems ?
I hope Microsoft solve it.
And also Do not sell less than 64 Gb. Windows and Office already take a lot of Space.

Hmm.. if it is arm, I would very much like to see Microsoft explain to customers why they could not have an ntrig on their Surface 2.

Analogies break easy..
The Mini is supposedly arm based, and the only prerequisites for the ntrig to work on arm are drivers and app rewrites, so the only reason it would not then work for the s2 is if MS actively disallows..

calimike said,

I hope It's cheap $199 or $299. We're low income family :)

Should be at least half of a 32G Surface 2. And be able to replace the phone as well.

Well... hoping that at least ;-)

I think MS discussed this in a Redit Q&A. I don't remember the answer specifically. It might have had something to do with the near field detection and a duplication of components on the OneNote button end. The Redit was a few days after the launch and included a very long and extensive technical discussion about the pen.

I absolutely think they should debut a "Surface 3" with the new aspect ratio, new kickstand, and Pen support baked in (along with improved type & touch covers)... running ARM, being super-thin and super-light, front-facing speakers, etc. Basically a scaled down version of the Surface Pro 3.

And then of course a Surface Mini at the low end to round out the family of devices.

But the common "Surface" theme should be pen support and the kick-stand.

pmbAustin said,
I absolutely think they should debut a "Surface 3" with the new aspect ratio, new kickstand, and Pen support baked in (along with improved type & touch covers)... running ARM, being super-thin and super-light, front-facing speakers, etc. Basically a scaled down version of the Surface Pro 3.

And then of course a Surface Mini at the low end to round out the family of devices.

But the common "Surface" theme should be pen support and the kick-stand.

Looking at the people MS is aiming for with the Pro3, a ARM CPU isn't the way to go.

A Atom based CPU would make much more sense, but would reduce the amount of 'professional' apps you could run decently due to the lesser amount of CPU power.

Their goal with Surface is to drive the development and market for "Windows 8 Modern" Apps. They also want a "device" that is an "appliance"... no viruses, no maintenance, none of the complications that come with Win32 and Desktop apps. And desktop apps are pretty useless on a small, high-res 8" screen anyway... and barely usable on a 10" screen like the regular Surface. The Surface is their attempt to compete in a "true tablet" space... against iOS and Android. The OS itself is up to it, imho (and will be more so in "Threshold", with Metro 2.0). But they still need to drive the market for apps, so developer will actually develop for the platform. That's why they're willing to sink so much money into Surface... for future payoffs.

At least they won't have to edit the user guide and print multiple versions, saves them on costs. Really glad the pen is supported on both! :D