There’s renewed excitement at the potential for a Microsoft Surface Mini launch by the end of the year, as one of the most respected authorities once again throws its weight behind what so far is pure rumor and speculation. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, well-connected industry courses have confirmed that a 7-inch Surface Tablet is in the pipeline and will debut within the next few months.
The report didn’t single out an exact release date, but did insist that the smaller Surface slate would enter full production soon for a launch before the close of 2013.
Despite absolute silence from Microsoft on the subject, the Surface Mini Tablet has fast become something of bookies’ favorite in terms of its likelihood to appear sooner or later. Both the Surface Pro and the Surface RT failed to strike any real chord with the world’s mainstream markets, with the former carrying on OTT price tag and the latter just plain underperforming.
As far as analysts are concerned, the answer to Microsoft’s hardware woes lies in the launch of a genuinely affordable Windows Tablet that doesn’t try to change the world with new-generation specs and features, but instead concentrates on the simple functionality and portability the world is currently so enamored with.
The Surface Mini, therefore, could hit the nail on the head in a big way.
And what’s more, the launch of a Surface Mini could be exactly what’s needed to give its bigger brother something of a shot in the arm in terms of renewed interest and at least slightly more admirable demand. As it stands, both the Surface Pro and RT look to be destined for relatively short shelf lives unless something drastic happens in the near future.
Add all of the above together and you have yourself a pretty extensive arsenal of reasons to read into the claims of the WSJ and keep your fingers crossed for a Surface Mini that might not be quite as outlandish a concept as once thought.