The seven-inch-ish form factor quickly became the standard for tablet portability after seeing the ten-inch slates dominate the market previously. All major players have at least a smaller member of their tablet family and according to The Wall Street Journal Microsoft will have one too.
The seven-inch Surface might go into production later this year, together with other Surface slates from the refreshed line-up, according to “sources”. Same people “familiar with Microsoft’s plans” states that the Redmond-based company didn’t have any plans for a seven-inch tablet last year but after seeing the success of the form factor (mainly with Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7), they have realized Microsoft has to enter the game.
Microsoft did not comment on the rumors and we have no information on whether this smaller tablet will be RT-based or Windows 8-based — or whether Blue will run on it bridging the gap and unifying the platforms.
Source: The Wall Street Journal