Microsoft introduced its second-generation Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets on Monday, but those hoping for a smaller Surface “Mini” were left disappointed as the new arrivals stuck to the 10.6in screen size of their predecessors.
But that doesn't mean a cut-size Surface isn't on the way, as fresh rumours are pointing to an ARM-based Surface junior with a 7.5in display.
A certain Rhoda Alexander, analyst with IHS iSuppli, has confided in CNET that the 7.5in Surface will arrive running Windows RT 8.1, and its display will be a 4:3 affair with a resolution of 1400 x 1050.
What everyone seems to agree on, however, is that the smaller Surface will only materialise in the New Year, so there's plenty of time for these and other rumours to take shape.
One interesting possibility is that the Surface Mini could also be the first Microsoft tablet to be offered in 3G/4G guise, since rumours of a cellular-enabled Surface point to a similar launch timeframe and the smaller form factor is a more natural fit for a “mobile” device.