The Surface Mini’s No Show Might Have Been a Last Minute Decision

Today’s biggest announcement is undoubtedly the unveiling of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. However, the company’s invite initially gave people an impression that the Redmond-based company will unveil a mini version of its 2-in-1 device. So there was a bit of a surprise when the 7- or 8-inch tablet was a no show. Well, according to a report by Bloomberg, the alleged Surface Mini was actually planned for release at the event…



Today’s biggest announcement is undoubtedly the unveiling of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. However, the company’s invite initially gave people an impression that the Redmond-based company will unveil a mini version of its 2-in-1 device.

So there was a bit of a surprise when the 7- or 8-inch tablet was a no show. Well, according to a report by Bloomberg, the alleged Surface Mini was actually planned for release at the event but was axed at the last minute by the company’s CEO and EVP.

The report states that CEO Satya Nadella and EVP Stephen Elop decided that the device didn’t have any special features that differentiated it from the rest of the horde of small tablets currently in the market. Earlier rumours indicated that the slate will be powered by a Snapdragon chipset from Qualcomm which are typically meant for mobile devices that run on lighter operating systems such as Windows RT.

Compared to other products from Microsoft’s hardware partners such as Toshiba, Acer and Asus who have 7- and 8-inch tablets that run the full version of Windows 8.1, the Surface Mini doesn’t look really worth it. What do you think?

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