Poll: What size and aspect ratio would you want for a smaller Surface's screen?

Mixed reports have spread about the screen size and aspect ratio of Microsoft's upcoming smaller Surface tablet, with talk of a display anywhere from 7 to 8 inches.

Another report added fuel to the fire Tuesday, not only bringing up a new alleged screen size (7.5 inches), but also claiming the tablet would feature a 4:3 aspect ratio – a first for a Surface tablet, as the rest of the line features 16:9 aspect ratio screens. Other reports have previously indicated the tablet would have either a 7- or 8-inch screen, however.

Apple's iPad is the most notable tablet that features a 4:3 aspect ratio screen, though most Android and Windows tablets have a 16:9 aspect ratio. The former is typically viewed positively for activities that use portrait mode, such as eBooks, while the latter is more common among media formats, such as movies. In terms of physical size, small tablets have primarily been between 7 to 9 inches, though there seems to be no consensus among manufacturers for a typical size.

Previous reports indicated the smaller Surface would launch this holiday season, though new information suggests a release early next year is more likely.

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What screen size and aspect ratio do you want in a smaller Surface tablet?

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What I want in a surface mini

7.5 inch 16:9 screen
1080P
4-8Gb ram
Haswell CPU
Not RT
64Gb SSD
Active digitizer
10-12 hrs battery
.75LB or less
$299


Pretty much just a less expensive 7.5 inch surface pro. I love my Surface Pro but I could see a good use for a smaller device

swanlee said,
What I want in a surface mini

7.5 inch 16:9 screen
1080P
4-8Gb ram
Haswell CPU
Not RT
64Gb SSD
Active digitizer
10-12 hrs battery
.75LB or less
$299


Pretty much just a less expensive 7.5 inch surface pro. I love my Surface Pro but I could see a good use for a smaller device


Yeah, that's not happening -- especially not at that price.

I really don't care between 1/2 an inch difference in screen size. Just make it 4:3 so it's nice to use in portrait.

Honestly, I don't want the mini.... I'd rather have a full size Surface with some awesome blades.

Personally, I'd like to see 10" and 12" with a 16:10 ratio. Anything smaller then you may aswell just get a phablet. My ideal screen size would probably be 18-20" with a nice 3840x2400 resolution, though you could argue that is getting a little ridiculous but that is my personal preference. I'm not one for all this small and portable malarkey.

Edited by Broughton, Sep 26 2013, 1:15pm :

I have a Nexus 7 (7") and I have to say no thanks on the 7 or 8 sizes. 6 or 9 are preferable, 6 as a phone. So, I'd like to see 9, in 4:3, to keep portrait top edge reach distance down and add room to dock at the left in portrait.

I don't care much. 7 inch tablets are pretty useless. most people with a nexus 7 just watch youtube and leave it home as it is too small for anything useful (that's what I did with mine).

until they don't have baytrail cpu and a docking station, they are just toys.

16:10!
My Dell monitors, bought a few years ago, are 2560 * 1600. My T61 laptop is 1920 * 1200.

While I appreciate that HD video is 16:9, and that 1920 * 1080 is now the predominant size, that's not a reason to lose the extra lines. A screen is used for much more than just viewing video and the extra real estate is valuable. IMO 16:9 is ugly for normal work.
Even when viewing 1080 video, extra screen margin is useful.
Bring back 16:10 please.

I agree. 16:10 is superior.

But for a small tablet display, 4:3 might be best. I'm more concerned about the res on the Surface mini though.

I like Windows on 16:9 display and iOS (iPad) with 4:3 display. Windows 8 needs wider display for running multiple apps side-by-side.

erfanullah said,
I like Windows on 16:9 display and iOS (iPad) with 4:3 display. Windows 8 needs wider display for running multiple apps side-by-side.

That's when you flip it to landscape and run them side by side, even if it is 4:3 when in landscape you still have enough room for a 50/50 split for two apps IMO.

It really depends on what people will do with a mini, web browsing and reading fit better with 4:3, or mostly do when it comes to the web. Video and games fit 16:9 better, so I dunno if there's a one size fits all here.

The newest rumor I read is that the resolution could be 1920x1050 for this though.

francescob said,
Nothing too fancy. 50'', 21:9 with at least a 4096x3072 resolution.
21:9 with 4096x3072? That is going to be ugly.