Posts tagged with: Surface Mini
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    Last week we heard from the good folks at Neowin about the tablet that never was, but maybe should have been – the Surface Mini. This Microsoft built tablet would have been of the eight inch variety and was pulled back at the last minute just before we got the Surface Pro 3. The Surface Pro 3 is arguably the best hardware ever released by Microsoft. It has a few teensy weensy flaws, but overall is one helluva device. Whether or not the pull back of the Surface Mini led directly to the release of the Surface Pro 3, is unclear. It’s very possible we may have seen both of them at the same ...

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    How close were we to getting the Surface Mini this past May? To hear the reports, Microsoft's decision not to introduce us to its pint-sized tablet at the event that ultimately delivered the Surface Pro 3 was very much a last-minute one. In the time that's followed, we saw evidence for the tablet's existence in the form of inadvertent mentions in the Pro 3 manual, as well as references to Microsoft's decision not to launch the tablet in an earnings report. But even all this time later, we haven't seen this guy in the flesh, nor found ourselves convinced of its ultimate fate: postponed or ...

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    For a moment in time, it seemed like such a sure thing: following the first two generations of full-sized Surface tablets, this past spring it finally looked like Microsoft was going to introduce a more compact Surface Mini. In the days leading up to the company's May event, the Mini was the clear favorite for the new hardware likely to be featured, but at the last minute focus shifted to what we ultimately saw announced, the Surface Pro 3. In the weeks that followed we've been picking up bits and pieces of the Mini's story, like the multiple mentions of the device in the Pro 3's manual, ...

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    So far today we've been dealing with a higher-than-usual concentration of news surrounding Windows and Windows Phone, checking out rumors both about Android-running Lumias and Android app compatibility for pure WP8 devices. While that last report drifted into software territory, we're swinging back over to the hardware side of things as a couple new rumors discuss new Windows Phone and new Windows RT devices. First up, we could be looking at a new version of the Lumia 1520 phablet, the 1525. The only differences we've heard mentioned so far are that the 1525 would run WP8.1 out of the box ...

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    Leading up to last month's Surface Pro 3 launch event, we were very much expecting to see the Surface Mini, instead. Really, that's what we expected the main focus to be, and it wasn't until just about a week prior to the announcement that we started getting the sense that this was going to be a Pro 3 shindig. If we're to believe the rumors, there's a good reason we were getting that Mini vibe, and it was a pretty last-minute decision to not introduce the Mini. While Microsoft hasn't formally confirmed that was the case, it's hard to look at the recently released Surface Pro 3 user's guide ...

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    They're not just summoned from whole cloth, and not everyone can afford the Vienna Boys Choir, so where do ringtones come from? A great many artists and musicians, actually, and we talk to a particularly talented one on today's podcast. Ali Spagnola joins us in the feature segment to share tales of music making, drinking games, and just how one gets banned from Michigan – and on the way we learn exactly how a pair of ringtones called "Radiation" and "Robots for Everyone" found themselves on millions of smartphones the world over. Before that, Adam Z. Lein stops by to tell us all about ...

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    One of the announcements a lot of us were expecting from Tuesday's Microsoft event was of a smaller version of its Surface tablet, the Surface Mini. We actually saw a report just hours before the event claiming that we would not see a Surface Mini announced because of a fear of bad sales. We are now getting more insight into the reasons for why this tablet was possibly cancelled. According to Neowin, the tablet was cancelled two or days before it was set to be revealed. Word is out that Microsoft may have a stash of 15 to 20 thousand of these tablets already manufactured, either to stay ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about HP's new 7 Plus Android tablet, and its incredible $99 price tag. Then we talk about Microsoft, and the reasons why the Surface Mini wasn't launched. Samsung follows as we get the first leaks of the Galaxy S5 Active, and what we should expect. Then Samsung shows us its trademark for the Gear Blink, its stab at Google Glass. We end today's show talking about Facebook's new app, and how it can listen to what you're doing. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HP breaks $100 mark with latest budget tablet  - The Surface Mini was pushed ...

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    Even though we were all expecting yesterday to be the Microsoft Surface Mini event, and where we also expected a Surface Pro 3 to be launched, it turned out to be a Surface Pro 3 event, and the Mini was no where to be found. We can't say we're disappointed with yesterday's event, as the Surface Pro 3 has done a great job in giving us some wow for the platform, but we can't deny that we weren't waiting for Microsoft's unique stab at what a smaller tablet should be, and actually that's the reason why no mini product was launched. According to some very trusted sources close to the manner, ...

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    According to previous rumors, there should be a Surface Mini unveiling today at the Microsoft event in New York. A Surface Pro 3 is also expected, and who knows what else, but according to the latest reports, there will be no Surface Mini announcement on the 20th of May. Whether the Surface Mini is already late or not is completely up to you to decide. The report according to which there will be no Surface Mini announcement today comes from multiple "sources", so you can remain skeptical about it until we hear official wording from Microsoft. Said report claims, based on the same sources, ...

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    What exactly qualifies as a "remix?" How deluded do you have to be to believe in all these "Prime" rumors? Why are we so transfixed by the notion of lasers on smartphones, and so easily taken in by a smartphone commercial, if it's shot like a trailer for Inception? We tackle these questions, and the biggest announcement section in the history of the podcast, in episode 096 of the Pocketnow Weekly. No, that's not bragging – it's just an unavoidable symptom of a month packed with unboxings, hands-ons, product launches, and reviews (both forthcoming and already-published). But even in the ...

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    Even thought he Microsoft Surface hasn't been as popular as most of us feel it deserves to be, at least in its Pro model, it doesn't change the fact that Microsoft is still betting hard on it. With Stephen Elop's new leadership, a lot of us wonder what exactly does Redmond plan to do with its beloved tablet line-up. We do know that there is a Microsoft event next week, and we also know that there are rumors of a Surface mini launch, but it seems that it won't end there. In an internal support document, Microsoft has just spilled the beans on the probability that there is a Surface 3 in the ...

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    Rumors are swirling about a new device about to burst forth from the fertile loins of Redmond. A Surface Mini looks to be unveiled later this very month and it will bring Microsoft up to speed with all the form factors that are held by today’s tablet-toters. The only problem is, that Microsoft is kinda already up to speed in this arena, but it’s throwing another tablet into the mix anyway. The Surface Mini follows in the footsteps of other devices that carry the "Mini" tag, which is to say it will be a smaller, 8” inch version of it’s older and larger sibling. This is all fine and ...

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    You know those weeks where you're like, "hey - what if we didn't have a weekly podcast eating up half a day in production time? Can you imagine the kind of boost our review coverage could get from that time?" Yeah, us either. Because this is the Pocketnow Weekly, and we're not breaking our perfect streak a month before our hundredth episode. This is podcasting, Jack. Serious business. We've even got us an EXPLICIT tag to prove it. We ain't playin' around.  In this week's installment of the world's most meandering tech podcast, hot news! HTC dodges a big bass-boosted bullet with their ...

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    A Surface Mini has been rumored for quite some time -- actually, since last year -- and according to recent reports, it might land, finally, this month. There will be a certain May 20 Microsoft event where the smaller slate is expected to make an appearance, and the inter webs are already trying to anticipate some of the features (or lack thereof). Bloomberg now weighs in on the topic citing unnamed sources that confirm the May 20 unveiling of the Surface Mini. Even more, the new product will likely ditch NVIDIA as a chip maker powering it; instead, the Surface Mini will be powered by ...

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    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 ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's next event, and how the company hints to a Surface mini launch. Google then shows us its new Google Now trick with shopping card capabilities. Nokia is next as we learn about its plans to push hard for its HERE services on iOS and Android. The iPhone 6 dummy then makes some headlines as you can purchase it now for a very small sum of money. We end today's show talking about HTC, the One M8 sales results, the leaked One mini 2 renders and photos, and even the 24kt Gold device pricing. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    Rumors of an upcoming Surface Mini tablet from Microsoft have been swirling for months now, but so far confirmation hasn't been easy to come by. Is that finally about to change? Invitations have begun making their way out of Microsoft for a “small gathering” (emphasis added), which immediately makes us think we’ll be seeing the elusive Surface Mini. This event lines up pretty well with an earlier report stating a release timeframe and also the possibility of stylus support on the device. As a quick refresher, we’re expecting a 7.5 inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, making the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S5 in stores, aside from the Samsung Gear line-up. HTC is next as the company takes a stab at the Galaxy S5 by comparing it to the HTC One M8, at least secretly. Microsoft is next as we get more rumors of a Surface Mini to be launched soon. LG follows as we get more reports of a 2K display coming on the LG G3. We end today's show talking about the launch of Google Glass to the public, at least temporarily. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Galaxy S5 availability draws big crowds (in some places) - HTC leak makes ...

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    Last year, rumors were flying around hot that Microsoft was putting together a pint-sized version of its Surface tablet, the presumed Surface Mini. From the sound of things, we'd be getting a device with a display in the seven-to-eight-inch range, and that the aspect ratio might change to an iPad-style 4:3. But then by the time 2014 started looming over the horizon, these Surface Mini rumors began drying up, and we haven't heard anything noteworthy in several months now. All of a sudden, though, the Surface Mini is back in the spotlight with new rumors discussing the tablet's hardware, ...

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    Just what use would an iris scanner be on a smartphone? When will 2K displays take over the smartphone world (and why should we care)? How exactly does one spell "Magotes," anyway? If these questions have ever crossed your worried minds -and even if they haven't- the second-to-last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly's 2013 season is right up your twisted alley, friend. But even if you're not interested in such tomfoolery, there's still plenty here to ping your pong. In this episode we talk headline-grabbing rumors like the Galaxy S 5 and wooden Moto X, yes - but we also spend a lot of time ...

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    Our apology for some technical difficulties in publishing this. The video has been live on YouTube since yesterday. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new rumors on the Oppo Find 7 with its 2K display. Then we shift our focus towards Nokia as things don't seem positive when it comes to their 8.3-inch tablet plans, even though Microsoft's 8-inch Surface is rumored to bring some innovative things. Samsung is next, this time because the company has shifted their marketing strategy, and that even includes plans for retail stores. We then cover the rumors of Google's EnergySense ...

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    It's been a while now since we heard anything new about Microsoft's possible plans for a Surface 2 Mini, after a number of rumors attempted to describe such hardware a couple months back. At the time, we didn't have a firm grasp on many specifics, with details like screen aspect ratio, size, and resolution still up in the air. While we can't yet say if it's any more accurate, today we get to check out some new claims about the hardware and hear about some possible features. For starters, instead of a 4:3 display in the seven-inch range, apparently we're now looking at a widescreen 1080p ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's confirmation that we will get Surface tablets in different form-factors, along with a closer date to LTE variants of the Surface 2. Then we talk about the Amber GDR2 update for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920, which is quite delayed. We continue with the first leaked photos of the Google Nexus 5, and we like what we see. Then we cover some rumors of the iWatch being the first device with a curved display. We end today's show talking about the AT&T launch of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, along with the ridiculous confirmation ...

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    The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launched pretty much how we expected them to, and while Microsoft had some interesting accessories to share, the tablets themselves had already been largely described in leaks. But even as those two went official, there were still some lingering Surface 2 questions we still wanted to see answered. Those included both when we might see LTE support in the tablet, and also what might become of rumors about a Surface 2 Mini. We get a few answers along those lines, thanks to some new comments from Microsoft's Panos Panay. First up: that LTE-enabled Surface 2. We ...

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