During the past couple of weeks, Neowin has been looking at the upcoming Surface mini press event with a bit of suspicion that the 'mini' portion of the event is a bit of smoke and mirrors to cover up the fact that the entire Surface family is about to undergo some change. To that degree, we uncovered the specs of the Surface mini and even that we were hearing that Intel would be playing a big part of the event as well.
While Microsoft had previously said that Surface Pro 3 reference that was spotted was 'accidently' posted up on a support page was a simple mistake, it looks like the Surface Pro 3 just got a lot more real as pricing and specs of the devices have been uncovered.
The folks over at WPcentral appear to have gotten their hands on the SKUs that will be announced Tuesday as the pricing information is now being pushed out to retail databases and here is what is known, or at least presumed to be, the Surface Pro 3 information.
For starters, there will be five, yes five, variations of the product that span the entire pricing range:
There will also be some new covers as well, but this is where the information is a bit more aloof as we already believe that the Surface mini will have its own variation for a cover too. Anyways, the new covers are expected to come in Cyan, Purple, Black and Red; the red cover could be limited to Microsoft retail outlets.
All of this information falls in scope of what we have been hearing for some time, that Microsoft wants to create an entire 'family' of Surface products that span a wide range of prices, as well as functionality. That 'family' functionality could be determined by its size, such as the rumored 12in variant of the Surface and the smaller 8in size too. When you bring the current 10in size into the picture, if all of the above holds true, then Microsoft would have Surface products at all of the popular tablet and mobile PC sizes.
Microsoft's Surface mini press conference is scheduled for Tuesday (and we will be there) and based on all of the leaks, it is turning out to be a product packed event.