IHS: Display supplier activity still hints at upcoming Surface Mini

Microsoft had plans to announce a smaller Surface Mini tablet earlier in May but, as Neowin reported, an executive decision was made at the last minute to cancel the reveal. Now a new report hints that Microsoft still plans to launch a smaller version of the Surface sometime later this year.

In an interview with Rhoda Alexander, an analyst with IHS Technology, CNET reports that the research firm noted there is still some activity in the display supply line in Asia that suggests Microsoft might be going forward with a 7.5-inch Surface tablet.

Alexander noted that orders for that size of a display went up in the fall of 2013, and again in March and April 2014, with over 100,000 units for each spike. Alexander stated that while she does not expect the tablet to launch in the near future, she added, "I don't see them purchasing that kind of volume if they've canceled the product."

Previous rumors about the Surface Mini indicated it would use Windows RT and that it would have a Qualcomm processor inside. As Neowin reported a few days ago, it's very possible Microsoft is waiting for the launch of the Modern UI Office apps for Windows sometime later this year to introduce the smaller tablet.

Source: CNET

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Merge RT with WP and sell this thing with it and watch how it kills the competition. With just RT, this product is DOA because the OS has no chance in its current form thanks to apps and Ms will price it high hence it won't be good enough reason for anyone to go for it.

I would buy a surface with Windows RT that has the windows phone store they have all the tools just install windows phone without the phone part universal apps are the future and if Microsoft pushed this in the surface mini more developers would jump on the Uni app platform

I'm tired of waiting I'll get an Acer W4 8inch in the next month and if they finally do come out with the mini and it is better I'll sell it on Ebay. Been wanting a Win8 8inch tablet for 2 years now

If a Surface Mini came out as full Windows on a Baytrail processor would it sell less than a ARMs/RT one? No, it would sell at least as well but more than likely much better.

There is just no reason for RT other than maybe on a phone.

Rann Xeroxx said,
If a Surface Mini came out as full Windows on a Baytrail processor would it sell less than a ARMs/RT one? No, it would sell at least as well but more than likely much better.

There is just no reason for RT other than maybe on a phone.

Yes there is. A simple small consumption device that cant run x86 therefore ALL current windows malware is ruled out from infecting the device. The only apps have to be vetted and pushed through the store so you have quality control in terms of apps using too much battery and having rouge services running etc.

A lot of people want a small tablet that can browse the web well and play video and use simple apps without the threat of toolbars and default search engines being messed with, getting infected from infected websites with rouge av software etc.

RT does have its place, and a lot of people would benefit from using it over x86 windows (don't forget the whole purpose is to compete with android and ipads, which also cant run x86 apps and all tun full screen and install via a store).

duddit2 said,

Yes there is. A simple small consumption device that cant run x86 therefore ALL current windows malware is ruled out from infecting the device. The only apps have to be vetted and pushed through the store so you have quality control in terms of apps using too much battery and having rouge services running etc.

A lot of people want a small tablet that can browse the web well and play video and use simple apps without the threat of toolbars and default search engines being messed with, getting infected from infected websites with rouge av software etc.

RT does have its place, and a lot of people would benefit from using it over x86 windows (don't forget the whole purpose is to compete with android and ipads, which also cant run x86 apps and all tun full screen and install via a store).

Apps are a joke on Windows Store which is why people love full blown Windows. Majority hardware devices including 3G dongle don't work with RT thanks to lack of drivers. Internet Explorer Metro is nice but needs a lot of work. It will ###### customers when they realize most flash videos will not work on their websites thanks to Microsoft's white list crap.

StandingInAlley said,

Apps are a joke on Windows Store which is why people love full blown Windows. Majority hardware devices including 3G dongle don't work with RT thanks to lack of drivers. Internet Explorer Metro is nice but needs a lot of work. It will ###### customers when they realize most flash videos will not work on their websites thanks to Microsoft's white list crap.


Just like they don't on ipad's?

The app situation is getting a lot better and will continue to do so.

wv@gt said,
Delaying the mini is fine, it hopefully allows them to finish office and the merger of RT and WP.

Isn't that happening in 2015 with Windows 9?

I think what MS will do is announce the Surface Mini and Office touch together (may be along with improved windows RT) and then both of them goes on sale the NEXT day instead of current one month delay.

They probably didn't want the Surface Mini to overshadow the new Surface Pro 3.

They'll have another press event during the back-to-school rush for the Mini.