By Stephen Schenck | September 12, 2013 10:54 AM
We’ve been talking a fair amount about upcoming Surface tablets lately, first thanks to a wave of rumors arriving to attempt to outline the hardware changes we’d be seeing, and then upon Microsoft sending out invitations for a Surface event later this month. Some of those rumors talked about the possibility that, in addition to a new Surface 2 (née RT) and Surface Pro 2, we’d also see the arrival of a smaller Surface Mini. Today, we hear a few details about the tablet, including how it might launch.
Supposedly, the Surface Mini will have an eight-inch display and will run Windows RT. It should have a Qualcomm SoC, though the particular chip hasn’t yet been named. As for retail availability, it sounds like the Mini wouldn’t be ready quite as early as either of the other two new Surface models, though would still ship sometime this year. We haven’t heard if that might mean that Microsoft isn’t yet ready to announce the Mini at this month’s Surface event.
We know, that’s not much to go on. But it does help us start forming an assessment of this model. Before that’s complete, though, plenty of questions will need answering, including what Microsoft might be thinking about so far as keyboard covers for the Surface Mini go.