What would have become of the Microsoft Surface Mini?

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Microsoft has teased, but never released a smaller tablet-sized Surface.

Microsoft is pretty good at releasing the next generation of their Surface tablet/laptop series, but one thing they have never been good at is announcing a Surface tablet with a screen size smaller than 10 inches. There were rumors in the past of a smaller version coming out but that didn’t work out as well as expected.

Images have surfaced of the Microsoft Surface Mini that was supposed to be out alongside the Surface Pro 3. Supposed to be out, but it was canceled a few weeks before being released which is unfortunate because some people out there would have liked a smaller screen Surface tablet. Windows Central provided the web with what the Surface Mini prototype looks like and it’s not bad and keeps the Surface features that we’ve all come to like. Mainly the kickstand and pen ability.

The surface Mini is similar to the Surface Pro 3 when it’s in portrait mode and like mentioned before, it still has a kickstand that’s flushed against the body of the unit making it look sleek and still offers the option of getting a pen. The one drawback of the Surface Mini is it wouldn’t come with a cover type keyboard like the other Surface models have. Another possible drawback is the unit would have a felt-like material all around the device giving off a look as if there was a case on it. Maybe Microsoft was trying to go for a bit more durability with a different type of material, but we won’t really know anymore.

As far as specs go, the Mini would have had an 8 inch display with 1440 x 1080 resolution, using the Snapdragon 800 SoC, offering 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a Micro SD Card, 1GB of RAM, and the Adreno 330 GPU. It’s too bad Microsoft didn’t introduce this Surface as a part of the ongoing series because I think a lot of people would have liked it, but it is what it is that it was scrapped at the last minute. So, what do you guys think about the Surface Mini? Don’t forget to leave your comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Digital Trends
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