Report claims Microsoft's 'Surface Mini' to get Kinect-like features

Rumors about a smaller 7- or 8-inch version of Microsoft's Surface tablet have been brewing for some time, but today a report claims that the tablet will have features that are not available on its current 10.6-inch models.

China's WPDang - which has a decent track record when it comes to this kind of thing - reports that the Surface Mini will indeed be an 8-inch tablet and will have some Kinect-like capabilities. Specifically, its unnamed sources claim that it will have a way to recognize the face of its owner, which in theory could be used as an alternative to a password. In addition, the Surface Mini could allow touch-free hand gestures to control certain features on the tablet.

The report also claims that the Surface Mini will have a 1080p display. However, the article, or at least our translation of it, seems to be confused on whether or not it will have an Intel Bay Trail-based processor or an ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, as earlier rumors suggested.

The report repeats earlier stories that the Surface Mini could launch sometime in the spring of 2014. Microsoft has confirmed that a Surface tablet with LTE wireless features will be released next year but details have yet to be revealed.

Source: WPDang via BGR

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I'm not going to lie, despite what's still lacking in the app/software department. a 7-8" surface at a reasonable price is an instant buy, even Windows RT. As long as it has the mag case and kickstand.

I have not realized how useful this kick stand on tablet is until I use it while browsing internet on the table while eating. No type cover was attached at that time, just my thumb, tablet, and bowl of salad.

MorganX said,
I'm not going to lie, despite what's still lacking in the app/software department. a 7-8" surface at a reasonable price is an instant buy, even Windows RT. As long as it has the mag case and kickstand.

At best this will be a WebCam that uses some of Kinect's software. I could see that happening, and would be able to do what they're claiming here...

More advanced Kinect features though just aren't going to fit in that form factor yet.

Ehh. I'm not waiting. I'm picking up my surface 2 next week instead of the ipad mini that I originally wanted.

deadonthefloor said,

you're doing it wrong.
everyone dumps Microsoft for Apple.
don't see many going the other way.

I love ios for my phone. However a tablet I want to multitask. Have netflix and a web browser open at the same time. And office. I can't do that with iOS.

deadonthefloor said,

Well we're all being watched and the light doesn't even have to be on, omg nooooooo

/s

The light doesn't have to be on!? OMG. And you're saying this vulnerability exists 100% out-of-the-box on all PCs???

/s

//like every other vulnerability this undoubtedly comes down to relying on getting people to install malware

MikeChipshop said,

Hate to break it to you, but you're probably not, you're probably not that important.

"Probably". It sounds a little like "naive" doesn't it

ROFLCOPTERS said,

"Probably". It sounds a little like "naive" doesn't it

Not at all. Take the tin foil hat off. It's not needed, they can watch you from the satellites anyway

Two finger pinch to zoom and scrolling would be awesome, seeing as they still have not mastered the fingerprintless screen.

you don't need a Kinect camera to detect a face, you can do it fine with a front facing camera. That's a pretty weak excuse to not include it on the bigger ones.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
You can unlock your android with a different face all together, at least I can. Put my face to unlock it and my gf's opened it up. What's your point?

My point is that a normal camera just does not do the job

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
You can unlock your android with a different face all together, at least I can. Put my face to unlock it and my gf's opened it up. What's your point?

You really shouldn't be dating your twin sister. It'll all end in tears.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
You can unlock your android with a different face all together, at least I can. Put my face to unlock it and my gf's opened it up. What's your point?

No, that feature is a samsung's gimmick. the real one must have several infrared lights and depth scanner just like what kinect does. the android one you can put a big printed face in front of the device and it will unlock it.

After reading more articles about the story, it doesn't seem to be that the actual Kinect will be part of it. It will be more likely a program utilizing the camera to do facial recognition and air gestures.

Microsoft's cooking application uses that now; where you can swipe to move back and forth. However, on this one, all of these feature will be baked on the OS.