Microsoft’s Surface 2 announcement has come and gone without any sign of a Surface Mini, the pint-sized Surface tablet that’s been popping up in rumors all summer. Truth be told, that wasn’t a huge surprise, as we’d heard that the Surface Mini might be announced separately, though still intended for release before the year’s end. Well, today we hear a few more details about the tablet’s purported hardware, as well as claims that a 2013 launch might no longer be in the running.
Analysts looking at supply chain sources suggest that Microsoft is going for a 7.5-inch display for the Surface Mini, and one with an iPad-shaped 4:3 screen, at that. This source specifically mentions a 1400 x 1050 panel, though we also know that Microsoft’s been developing support for 7.5-inch 1440 x 1080 displays, which is close enough to make us wonder if that’s what we’re really talking about. In addition to that, 7- and 8-inch sizes have also been suggested.
As for that launch, we might be waiting until the first part of next year, with the Surface Mini not arriving until around the same time that Windows Phone 8.1 hits the scene for handsets, and with the tablet itself running a future Windows 8.1 GDR update. This is likely to be sometime in the spring, so we could be waiting until March or later.