Microsoft Surface 2 Could Have a 7.5-inch Display

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An industry analyst claims to have some of the details of the much-rumored smaller version of the Microsoft Surface Windows tablet that’s supposedly in development.

Microsoft Surface Mini -- Artists ConceptAccording to Richard Shim with NPD DisplaySearch, the device is going to have a 7.5-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1400 x 1050. That will give it a pixel density of 233ppi.

By contrast, the current Surface Pro has a 10.6-inch display at a 1920 x 1080 resolution and 208ppi. The Surface RT also has a 10.6-inch screen but at a 1366 x 768 resolution and 148ppi.

These days, smaller and less expensive tablets are outselling their larger counterparts. Microsoft is apparently following this trend.

According to Shim, the second-generation Surface won’t reach full production until the first quarter of 2014, although he says it’s possible that production could begin before then. This means the device won’t be out for many months, which seems to contradict a recent report that it’s going to be unveiled in June.

The analyst says Microsoft is working to make the device as inexpensive as possible. A separate unconfirmed report indicates that it could be as low as $400.

Shim did not indicate whether this 7.5-inch model will run Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro. It’s possible there will be two versions, just as there are of the first-gen Surface.

Source: Cnet



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