As some of you might recall, before the Surface Pro 3 was unveiled, there were countless rumors suggesting that Microsoft was also working on a so called “Surface Mini” which was supposed to debut alongside Surface Pro 3. However, when the Surface Pro 3 hit the stage, it did so all by itself. Previous reports have revealed that although the Surface Mini was as real as its larger counterpart, Microsoft decided to pull the plug at the last minute and delay the tablet indefinitely.
We haven’t heard much about the Surface Mini lately, but as the Surface Pro 3 continues to grow in popularity, a fresh report from China now pegs the smaller Surface for a December announcement.
Microsoft Surface Mini Might Get Official By Year’s End
The exact reasons behind Microsoft’s decision to can the Surface Mini remain largely unknown, but earlier reports have hinted that it may have had something to do with the idea that a Mini variant was not suited for the market at the time the Surface Pro 3 was released. Microsoft may have also wanted to focus entirely on the Surface Pro 3, and given the success of the aforementioned slate, this may have been the right decision.
Nevertheless, with the Pro 3’s sales figures making a profit for the company’s Surface business, sources of the Chinese blog UDN now say that Microsoft will officially announce the long-awaited Mini by the end of the year.
The source also speculates that the Mini will feature an 8 or 10.1-inch display, and that after the Mini will hit the shelves, the company will prepare for the upcoming Surface Pro 4 which will apparently run on Windows 10. Reportedly, the Mini might also hit the shelves with Windows 10 on board, which indicates that despite its alleged imminent announcement, the slate might not be commercialized until sometime in mid / late-2015. Then again, we don’t see a reason why Microsoft would announce the Mini this month, months before its market debut, so in our point of view if the slate will indeed be officially announced by this year’s end, then it will most likely run Windows 8 in order to be ready for prime-time in early 2015.
Needless to say, take the information above with a pinch of salt. If we’ll find out more about Surface Mini’s whereabouts we’ll keep you posted.