With the Surface mini announcement a week away, here's what we know

Microsoft will be launching the Surface mini in one week but we have already uncovered many of the specs and other tidbits about what will be shown at the event.

For starters, we know that it will be in the 8-inch class size of tablets, have an ARM-based CPU, will support pen input and does not include a kickstand, based on current information. More specifically, a Qualcomm processor is expected to be used to power the device and that is a deviation from NVIDIA chips that are used in the current Surface devices.

Further, from the last time when the Surface mini was to be announced, it was stated that the device would have a 7.5-inch screen and a resolution of 1400x1050, but we do not know if those specs are still accurate for the display.

A Surface mini is not all that is expected to be shown at the event. This week we reported that Intel will also be making an appearance at the event; the exact details of the part that Intel will play are slim, but at the basic level, it would make sense that this would mean we could see a refresh to the existing Surface devices.

But what else might there be? Well, the rumor mill is running full-steam ahead, and whispers of a larger Surface have been making their way around the web as well.

We have heard several times the phrase "family of Surfaces," which we interpret to mean that Microsoft wants Surface devices to span the entire price range, and display sizes too.

Now, bring out the salt for the rumors that have been running around, but we don’t have much to back them up other than loose rumors. A larger Surface may be shown off at the event as well, although that goes against the tagline of the event that is ‘Join us for a small gather.’

With only a week to go until the keynote, we won’t have to wait much longer to see what Microsoft has been working on -and more importantly, when we can finally get our hands on the Surface mini.

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I want the shell not to be warped with a warped screen, and for the screen to not freeze and start button to not work at all when stood on the kickstand, like my surface rt.. :(

b_roca said,
I want the shell not to be warped with a warped screen, and for the screen to not freeze and start button to not work at all when stood on the kickstand, like my surface rt.. :(

I know all of these words are in English, but I swear I have no idea what they mean when strung together in that way.

Wanna try again?

What part don't you understand? I have a 1st gen Surface rt and the build quality is terrible. The case is bowed which means the screen is warped. When I use the kickstand the screen freezes/becomes unresponsive, and the start button doesn't work!

b_roca said,
What part don't you understand? I have a 1st gen Surface rt and the build quality is terrible. The case is bowed which means the screen is warped. When I use the kickstand the screen freezes/becomes unresponsive, and the start button doesn't work!

That's the first time I've ever heard thus about a surface. Maybe you got the one they used as a skateboard

Yeah...mine's built like a tank. I can grab it from opposite ends and apply force and it won't budge. If I did that with my Android tablet, it feels like it would come apart. I've dropped my Surface a number of times on a hardwood floor, once on concrete, and once it fell right on a corner--you'd never be able to tell by looking at it.

Never had an issue with the kickstand, and I've seen it freeze maybe twice early on, but not since the first firmware update.

korupt_one said,

That's the first time I've ever heard thus about a surface. Maybe you got the one they used as a skateboard

Yeah I haven't seen similar complaints either. The screen is only noticeable when laid on the table and light shines across it showing wavy reflections. Looking at it from the side it's slightly concave.
The non functioning start button and screen when stood on a surface is really bizarre as it will work just fine, put it down then nothing, often even picking it up again it stays frozen.

warwagon said,
NOTHING is Made for 4:3

I won't comment on that one, but IMHO 4:3 is a bad idea for Metro - as the snap feature will be lost…

I hope it's an 8" device, as it's it's a very good size to hold in the hand. The only problem with the DVP8 is that it doesn't support the sensitive pen that the Surface has. If we could do that, and get the price range around the same I'll be buying one. If I could annotate and markup PDFS on a tablet quickly, that would be just absolutely awesome.

neoxphuse said,
I hope it's an 8" device, as it's it's a very good size to hold in the hand. The only problem with the DVP8 is that it doesn't support the sensitive pen that the Surface has. If we could do that, and get the price range around the same I'll be buying one. If I could annotate and markup PDFS on a tablet quickly, that would be just absolutely awesome.

8" is perfect for tiny hands on my 5'4" wife to my hands on a 6'6" man.

10" Atom based Surface 2, 10" Atom based Surface 2, 10" Atom based Surface 2....

Please, Please, Please, Please, Please... (fingers crossed, praying to various saints...)

Xabier Granja said,
10" Atom based Surface 2, 10" Atom based Surface 2, 10" Atom based Surface 2....

Please, Please, Please, Please, Please... (fingers crossed, praying to various saints...)

Maybe a Snapdragon powered Surface 11in but probably no Atom powered devices.

ians18 said,

Maybe a Snapdragon powered Surface 11in but probably no Atom powered devices.


The mini is a snaodragon same as WP now. I have a feeling that the larger surface 2 will be updated to an Intel tablet and they will keep the rt/wp for the smaller devices as they come closer to merging rt and WP.

The big problem is to keep focusing the Hardware spcs and not develop better software.

Its the same as Android, quad-core mambo jambo, when a tablet user doestn care about that. He wants to have the best experience possible by the easiest way.
MS should focus on software, really all 100%, because without that its going to compete with Android and thats a lost battle because of low android prices, and cant compete with Apple because of the software.
So middle man wont do here MS.


Just me 2 cents

grik said,
The big problem is to keep focusing the Hardware spcs and not develop better software.

Its the same as Android, quad-core mambo jambo, when a tablet user doestn care about that. He wants to have the best experience possible by the easiest way.
MS should focus on software, really all 100%, because without that its going to compete with Android and thats a lost battle because of low android prices, and cant compete with Apple because of the software.
So middle man wont do here MS.


Just me 2 cents

Best software in the world won't matter if the HW is crap.

grik said,
The big problem is to keep focusing the Hardware spcs and not develop better software.

Its the same as Android, quad-core mambo jambo, when a tablet user doestn care about that. He wants to have the best experience possible by the easiest way.
MS should focus on software, really all 100%, because without that its going to compete with Android and thats a lost battle because of low android prices, and cant compete with Apple because of the software.
So middle man wont do here MS.


Just me 2 cents

I don't disagree, but that's what Windows 8 -> Windows 8.1 -> 8.1 Update 1 have all been about. Microsoft has never brought so many incremental improvements to Windows in such a short timeframe.

It is smart to remember that Windows 8 is a brand new mobile operating system that has only been on the market for 18 months, compared to years for Android and iOS. That it has feature parity in most ways and offers innovative improvements such as Snap Mode is miraculous.

People don't give Microsoft credit for what they have accomplished with Windows 8, because most people still consider Windows a desktop OS with touch. It is that of course, but all the work Microsoft has done to support mobile chipsets, sensors, extended power settings, and ARM is a huge change under the covers.

grik said,
The big problem is to keep focusing the Hardware spcs and not develop better software.

Its the same as Android, quad-core mambo jambo, when a tablet user doestn care about that. He wants to have the best experience possible by the easiest way.
MS should focus on software, really all 100%, because without that its going to compete with Android and thats a lost battle because of low android prices, and cant compete with Apple because of the software.
So middle man wont do here MS.


Just me 2 cents

Windows RT is already better suited for tablets than iOS or Android, since both of them are basically smartphone OSes.

snap view, desktop class web browser (desktop IE engine + Flash Player), full Office suite, USB drive support, ...

Windows RT doesn't force you to use the desktop, unless you want to use office (except OneNote which is already available as Metro app, as the rest of the office suite will soon be).

what is WindowsRT lacking at the OS level compared to the competition?

Probaby day 1 buy for me... I like my Venue 8 pro for 98% Metro/modern touch purposes, If MSFT slims device down even further+ improves battery life by say 3-4 more hours I'm in for sure

I want a super light and secure tab lets hope MS delivers

dingl_ said,
Probaby day 1 buy for me... I like my Venue 8 pro for 98% Metro/modern touch purposes, If MSFT slims device down even further+ improves battery life by say 3-4 more hours I'm in for sure

I want a super light and secure tab lets hope MS delivers


Day 1 buy for me. Cannot wait.

CrippsCorner said,

Wish this would be a day 1 purchase for me! But... I just don't need one :(

I actually do, it's why my wife is letting me. She's even ok with the fact I'm buying it to leave at work, because it's the only way they let us BYOD sadly. Silly government regulations on military stuff right?