05 July 2018
Images of Microsoft’s Surface Mini tablet which was expected to debut with the Surface Pro 3 at an event in May 2014, have surfaced online. According to reports, the Surface Mini tablet was canceled by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop just weeks before its official launch. Rumors about the Surface Mini have emerged a number of times in the last few years, now images of the device have been leaked online.
According to the leaked details, the Microsoft Surface Mini was an 8-inch device with a 1440 x 1080 pixels display. The tablet was to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of inbuilt storage. The Surface Mini had an expandable memory slot and came with a headphone jack, a Micro-USB port for charging, and USB-OTG support. The device included a kickstand, a surface pen and had a rubber-style exterior in a wide range of colors. The Surface Mini was powered by an ARM processor and was meant to run on Windows RT.
Microsoft canceled the device just a few weeks before its scheduled launch in 2014, as it was focussing on larger screened smartphones at the time. Surface chief Panos Panay had described the Surface Mini was “like a moleskin,” and the leaked images reveal that it was designed to resemble a notepad. Microsoft also killed Windows RT a few months later in September 2014.