Surface mini this Summer? All signs point to 'no'

The Surface mini has found a way to make headlines every few weeks since it was killed by Elop and crew before its expected launch at the Pro 3 event. While we have covered the device from nearly every angle and provided a detail explanation about the circumstances that lead to its being pulled last minute, new rumors are still popping up.

While it has been said the device is dead - which we understand is not the case - another bit of information popped up this morning saying that the device is headed back into production for a launch later this summer. But, based on our prior knowledge, this re-starting of the production lines seems a bit premature as the launch is now tied to the touch friendly versions of Office rather than the hardware being complete. More so, Mary Jo Foley agrees with this sentiment who says that a summer launch is not happening.

While we would love for the mini to arrive sooner rather than later, under an Elop and Nadella controlled world, times are changing at Microsoft and they no longer simply shove out a product because the hardware is ready.

If all does hold true to the current information and the mini does not arrive until later this year or early next year, expect the internal specs to be bumped as well, as they will be fairly old when it comes time to releasing the device.

We do still expect that a pen will still be supported when the smaller Surface does finally launch. The mini was mentioned in the Pro 3 documentation, so we know that the device is real, and as we previously reported, it will likely be positioned as the best-in-class note-taking device whenever it finally gets released. 

via: Mary Jo Foley

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I swear, @EVLeaks or his sources are being flushed out by somebody at MSFT selectively spreading crazy rumors to track down leakers.

IMHO, this guy does more harm than good so the sooner they stop him the better for everybody.

Surface mini must have :
1. at least 2 or 3 USB port
2. Standard HDMI port.
3. Slimmer and faster Windows.
Good luck

utomo said,
Surface mini must have :
1. at least 2 or 3 USB port
2. Standard HDMI port.
3. Slimmer and faster Windows.
Good luck

Excuse me, did you imply that smaller gadgets should have roomier internal space?

Msft is already squeezing for millimeters on the pro 3. This will only be true, if not more intensely, on the surface mini.

Considering how the surface pro 3 is built, I will be grateful for a single USB port on the mini, as long as its build quality matches with the pro counterpart.

They need to get the threshold thing going first before they can think about the mini. They need to merge RT with Windows Phone asap before right now the RT platform has almost no real support app wise.

The Surface mini has found a way to make headlines every few weeks since it was killed by Elop and crew before its expected launch at the Pro 3 event.

I think you're missing an "allegedly" in there somewhere. You're stating that as if it's fact, and not just strong rumour.

A 6" "Threshold" phablet with the SP3 pen would be a much more profitable way to deploy the current development streams (IMO!). An expensive Microsoft 'iPad Air' isn't much of a niche to exploit.

Stokkolm said,
I think that is pretty much guaranteed. Seems like they won't have a 10" device at all anymore.

Another rumor suggested that this size will be filled with a Nokia tablet.

That's sad if true, though understandable.

I kinda wish they'd just have the full line: Surface Mini (8"), Surface (10"), and Surface Pro (12").

I think a Surface 10" with the Surface 3 Pro kick-stand, and pen, in a thinner, lighter, longer-lasting form-factor, would be really successful. And having the full line would seem to make everyone happy.

Then the "Lumia" line of tablets could be more "consumer" oriented, in that they'd come in flashy colors, appealing as much to fashion as functionality. The "Surface" line would be the premium/flag-ship & business & Education line, while the Lumia was more "consumer" (emphasis on fashion, trendy, etc.)

That may be where they're going with it. On Windows Weekly this week, Paul Thurrott and Mary Joe were talking about how they think Surface will become the professional/business line of tablets and the Lumia tablets will be the consumer line from Microsoft, so this is possible.

Surface mini + office Gemini is a good goal but I don't think it would be the end of the world to release the device with a beta of office Gemini and upgrade it to full on release. At this stage they now have to toss out all the produced units and hold production and build in new specs around when Gemini is ready.

This is basically what they did with Office 2013, so it isn't without precedence. Unfortunately I think they don't want to release any info on Gemini prior to its final release for some reason.