Surface mini mockups turn rumors into visual delight

Later this month, Microsoft will be hosting a Surface event where they should be announcing the Surface mini along with some other Intel related products and or updates. Up to this point, no one has been able to obtain any leaked images of the device but that hasn’t stopped the creation of the mockup that you see above.

There are two mockups here, the left is a 4:3 setup and the right a 16:9. Both incorporate the information that the device will not have a kickstand and will support pen input. They also keep the same body-lines as the current gen Surface tablets along with the same color as well.

One interesting difference about these mockups when compared to existing devices is the use of USB to charge the tablets instead of Microsoft’s proprietary connector. Seeing that the mini may not need as much juice as it’s larger siblings, we will be curious to see what type of port is included with the device.

With the press event less than two weeks away, we won’t have to wait long to see if these designs are close to the shipping product.

Source: PhoneDesigner

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as far as aspect ratios go, take a 19 inch LCD. Which one feels bigger? A widescreen 19 inch or a square 19 inch? Personally I think going from a square to a rectangle feels like a downgrade / smaller. I always tell people if you are going to go wide screen go with at least a 22 inch at least at that size it feels about right.

I just hope they keep the same'ish design as the surface as it's quite distinctive and sets it apart from other tablets. Also hope they keep the kick stand it's a great feature and again really sets it apart.

Dutchie64 said,
why laugh? for smaller screens 4:3 makes sense.
Or are you implying MS is copying Apple again or something?

I said, I like 4:3 better than 6:9 in which Dot Matrix replied

"4:3 is a horrible aspect ratio. Nothing is built for it." :laugh:

So then if Microsoft Came out with the Mini in a 4:3 ratio, I would laugh my ass off.

Why do these tablets have to be so dang bulky? This is my biggest gripe with the Surface. Microsoft needs to put those tablets on a diet.

JHBrown said,
Why do these tablets have to be so dang bulky? This is my biggest gripe with the Surface. Microsoft needs to put those tablets on a diet.


They really don't feel bad in the hand even if the weight is a bit more than other tablets. I guess its the finish that makes it feel comfortable in my hands.

JHBrown said,
Why do these tablets have to be so dang bulky? This is my biggest gripe with the Surface. Microsoft needs to put those tablets on a diet.

What's wrong with them? They're slim already.

Dot Matrix said,

What's wrong with them? They're slim already.

The Surface is not slim Dot. You know that and I know that.

trooper11 said,


They really don't feel bad in the hand even if the weight is a bit more than other tablets. I guess its the finish that makes it feel comfortable in my hands.

Maybe it would take a few weeks to get accustomed to the size. However, whenever I play with them at the store, there is definitely a noticeable weight and thickness difference when compared to other tablets.

JHBrown said,
The Surface is not slim Dot. You know that and I know that.

Surface 2 is thinner than an iPad 4 and only very slightly heavier. The iPad Air is slightly thinner and lighter.

The Surface is very slim and light. The Surface Pro is not.

JHBrown said,
Maybe it would take a few weeks to get accustomed to the size. However, whenever I play with them at the store, there is definitely a noticeable weight and thickness difference when compared to other tablets.

No doubt, but that doesn't automatically make it bad. I guess my point is that it feels balanced for what it is.

I'm all for thinner and smaller.

However, keep in mind that something like the full sized usb port does result in a limit in how small you can make the device. I really like that feature, so I'm fine with the size if it means keeping something like that.

JHBrown said,
The Surface is not slim Dot. You know that and I know that.

It's slim enough that you can actually feel that you're holding something, while thick and sturdy enough to know you're no going to break it, by mishandling it.

Dot Matrix said,

It's slim and sturdy. You and I both know that.

Of all the criticisms the Surface gets, some of it entirely legitimate, the "too thick/heavy" one cracks me up. Hilarious. Are people made of paper?

calimike said,
4:3 is TV and 16:9 is HD, right?

LOL WAT? 4:3 is pre 2003 TV ... some shows like ER always shot in widescreen but usually only aird the 4:9 versions.

Edited by warwagon, May 8 2014, 4:58am :

elenarie said,
No, no, no. Please keep it widescreen.
Go try an iPad Mini then an 8" Samsung Galaxy Tab III...

Major_Plonquer said,

I agree 100%. The headphone jack should be in the bottom where your head is.

Yes, I don't mind the cable dangling over the screen while I'm using it...

Edit: iPad has it on top, so I'm okay with it now.

dead.cell said,
If cords bothered you, why not bluetooth?

I say this as I went wireless too, even in my PC gaming headset. Just more convenient.

Constant electromagnetic radiation!

68k said,
4:3 variant looks nice. But headphone jack on top?
You can't have the headphone jack on the bottom because that appears to be where the keyboard would click in.

Granted, it's just a mockup, but it would make it impossible to use both.

68k said,
Constant electromagnetic radiation!

You don't use WiFi then? That signal is much stronger than the Bluetooth one

as Much as I love the Surface Pro 2 and Surface design. I think that for the Surface Mini they need to go with a similar design like the Dell Venue Pro with a bit of roundness on it but with the built quality of the Surface line.

I personally want to see a Venue 8 Pro like device, except more industrial design(same look of todays surfaces), but thinner+lighter than the Venue 8 pro.. I think that would be amazing. they should be able to pull it off easily if using ARM. I'm also hoping for 11-12hr battery life

Maybe they'll even sell them in a few different colors, White, Red, dark gray. they do have this #morecolor thing happening lately

Definitely needs to be rounder along the edges. Visually, I love the appearance of the Surface line. The beveled edges give it a very striking design. If you have to hold the device by the corners though (like during a game, or when using the split keyboard), the edges dig into your hands too much to the point of it being uncomfortable. I'd take comfort over appearance any day.

JHBrown said,
I agree it looks nice, but would look nicer if Microsoft slimmed it down some.
These are just mockups by someone on the internet; not leaked renders.

JHBrown said,
I agree it looks nice, but would look nicer if Microsoft slimmed it down some.

There's nothing wrong with the current thickness now. You can only go so thin.

I know it is a render and not something from MS...but does look thick for a tablet when compared to what is already out there.

I like the thickness of the current Surface. But maybe they could release a Surface Anorexic for people who must have a thin device.

Enron said,
I like the thickness of the current Surface. But maybe they could release a Surface Anorexic for people who must have a thin device.
That would be wonderful.

techbeck said,
Thin also means lighter devices.

Are you saying it's too thick and heavy? The Surface 2 is 0.35 inches thick and 1.5 pounds. The iPad Retinum is 0.37 inches thick and 1.4 pounds. The iPad Mini is 0.29 inches thick and 0.7 pounds. We do not yet know the thickness or weight of the Surface Mini.

If you're talking about the Surface Pro, I thought you didn't want to compare that to the iPad.

I commented on some guys render of what the mini MAY look like and said it looked thick to what was out there. That is all. Then made a comment that thinner means lighter. Looks, and weight, mean a lot to a lot consumers

techbeck said,
I commented on some guys render of what the mini MAY look like and said it looked thick to what was out there. That is all. Then made a comment that thinner means lighter. Looks, and weight, mean a lot to a lot consumers

The reason why it looks thick is partially because of the angled edges that are longer than the device is thick.

just remember the surface has a bit more thickness cause it adds to the design also you cant really go any slimmer with the onboard full size usb.

korupt_one said,
just remember the surface has a bit more thickness cause it adds to the design also you cant really go any slimmer with the onboard full size usb.
Good point. Didn't think about that.

korupt_one said,
cant really go any slimmer with the onboard full size usb.

True. Forgot about that. One of Acer's first Android tabs had a full sized USB and was a little thicker as well.