The 'Surface Mini': Is it a 7- or 8-inch device?

Earlier today, The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft is working on a 7-inch tablet that will debut later this year. This is not the first time we've heard about a device in this size, but the previous report said it was an Xbox theme device.

Not wanting to miss out on a good rumor, Paul Thurrott is stating that the smaller Surface will be in the 8-inch class, not the 7-inch device The Journal reported. Paul has a reasonably good track record for these types of things, but only time will tell who is actually right. It could be possible that Microsoft is making a device in the 7.7 inch or above class size that would appear to be an 8-inch device and this is what is causing the confusion. For now though, it’s only speculation until Microsoft unveils the product.

It is inevitable that Microsoft will eventually release a smaller-sized Surface, as there is considerable demand in that arena including the Kindle Fire HD, the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini. With Microsoft entering this market as well, it will give consumer a wide range of options for their next small tablet.  

The other large unknown is what the price point will be. To be competitive, it would need to be the same price range as the $329 iPad mini, but to sell in bulk it would likely need to come in at under that price point.

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IMO it should be this:
Surface mini 7 or 8 inch
Surface rt 10.6
Surface pro 11.6

Surface rt and pro have 1080 p and higher screens.

Why buy a 7 or 8 inch tablet? Mobile phones are catching up...
I am happy with a 4.3 phone and 11 inch tablet.

Princess Chica Ami said,
If you can't beat them, join them.
My thoughts exactly! The current Surface is overpriced(RT) and hopefully they don't overprice this new one. Microsoft has got some big balls to price so aggressively.

They have to price it appropriately. It's a premium product, and they want to keep a premium brand image.

Surface RT starts at $499
Surface Pro starts at $899

Surface Mini will probably start at $299 or thereabouts. By its release, you'll have the second generation Surface RT out, which means the first gen can sell for $399. So maybe:

Surface Mini: $249-$299
Surface RT: $399
Surface RT2: $499
Surface Pro: $899

LookitsPuck said,
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Remember, before the price of the Surface RT was announced it was rumored to be $199. Perhaps that price was correct, but it was the price of the RT mini, not the RT that was released back in October.

No, that was just a rumor spread by overly optimistic people who have no concept of profit margins. Remember, they thought $199 would be the price of the iPad Mini as well.

The size of the hardware isn't the problem. It's more the OS. Fix Windows 8 ASAP and more people will be inclined to buy into the surface. As it stands right now, it's just a wants to be iPad with a really great OS on top but with a poor Metro support that Microsoft, for what ever reason, isn't taking seriously themselves.

If Microsoft really wanted to jump in with proper hardware changes. Make the Windows Phone, once docked, into a WinRT surface type machine and have done with it.

thealexweb said,
This might seem like a stupid question but it isn't supposed to be. It will be Windows RT and not Windows Phone won't it?

They are actually closing down the gap between their phone platform and RT series. so they would be very similar not the same. if there would be an LTE enabled model. you can definitely use it as phone I suppose.

Lets just hope Blue is enough to make the OS appealing to consumers, especially as they are a year later than their competitors.

efjay said,
Lets just hope Blue is enough to make the OS appealing to consumers, especially as they are a year later than their competitors.

I am going to get one. I was going to get surface but its a little bit big and heavy. so I am going to get this 8 inches model no matter what.

I'm hoping 8-inch device, personally. I have a 7-inch Kindle Fire, and it's just not a good size, IMO. That slightly bigger screen makes a world of difference.

Anthony Tosie said,
I'm hoping 8-inch device, personally. I have a 7-inch Kindle Fire, and it's just not a good size, IMO. That slightly bigger screen makes a world of difference.

Agree. The extra screen space of the iPad mini over the Nexus 7 is dramatic.

I had a 8-inch Android tablet from china. I loved the size of it compaired to 10-inches and 7-inches. Just sucks I dropped it on a corner a few days ago and ruined the screen. :'(