Rumors about a smaller version of Microsoft’s Surface tablets have been making the rounds in earnest since last summer. For a brief moment it sounded like we might even see this Surface Mini arrive alongside the Surface 2 models, but after that didn’t come to pass we settled in to wait for our sign of its ultimate arrival. Last night, we spotted the invitation to an upcoming Microsoft event that might just reveal this new tablet, and today we follow that up with some new claims about the model’s hardware.
We’ve already heard a bunch of theories about what the Surface Mini might be capable of, ideas like it getting an active stylus or maybe even an array of gesture-tracking cameras. That stylus idea returns with this latest spec run-down, but it doesn’t arrive without the tablet making some sacrifices along the way.
Specifically, the Surface Mini may lose the integrated kickstand that’s been such an iconic part of existing Surface design. Instead, users would be forced to rely on covers with integrated stands for the same effect.
We saw some of you in the comments last night wishing that the Mini might rock an x86 chip like the Surface Pro, but this source suggests another round of ARM SoCs, instead.
Retail availability might get started in June, just a couple weeks after Microsoft’s event.