There’s bad news for those who would like a smaller version of the Microsoft Surface Pro: an analyst says this device won’t launch until near the end of this year.
Maxwell Chang from Taiwan’s Topology Research Institute said the Surface Mini won’t be out until Q4. He expects it to have a screen around 7.5 to 8 inches, an Intel Atom microprocessor, and $300 in price.
It will apparently debut running Windows 8.1. It’s not clear if there will be a Windows RT version.
Chang also predicts that Microsoft’s next version of its full-size Surface tablet will use an Intel Haswell processor, which will give it better performance than the current one while also using less power.
Smaller and Cheaper
The Microsoft Surface Mini will be part of a new generation of smaller Windows tablets. The Acer Iconia W3 is the first device running this operating system with a screen smaller than 10 inches.
Other companies are expected to bring similar tablets out in the coming months.