Microsoft Surface 2 mini tipped to feature 7.5in 4:3 display

Microsoft Surface 2 mini tipped to feature 7.5in 4:3 displayMicrosoft 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.

That doesn't quite jibe with the 7.9in display DigiTimes was talking about back in May, but is consistent with separate claims made by NPD DisplaySearch around the same time.

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.

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Stelph  Sep. 25, 2013 at 15:41

If it's offered with a keyboard then colour me interested (especially the battery dock that essentially turns it into a laptop)

my main issue with the 7" windows 8 tablets announced is none have proper keyboards. Windows 8 main strength is that it's just as powerful as a PC and not as crippled as a mobile OS, why defeat that strength by not having a keyboard? It just emphasises it's weakness that it's a mid way point that's just "good" at either being a tablet or being a laptop

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2013 at 16:17

I see some issues on a small screen with the UI, but maybe they fiddle it?!
But hey: 's not as if I'm interested in it. At all.

Stelph  Sep. 25, 2013 at 16:41

I see some issues on a small screen with the UI, but maybe they fiddle it?!
But hey: 's not as if I'm interested in it. At all.


Windows has been on screens that small for a while now (look at OQO for example) and it is usuable, Windows 8.1 should fix a few of the issues currently with the smaller screen (not being able to pint apps and multitask for example) but really I would say a 7-8" tablet with the keyboard option would be equally as usable if not more than a tablet, you have your finger for the touch UI where it would be as good as Android/iOS and then in the Desktop UI you have the much more accurate keyboard/mouse/pointer combo. Win

barrybarryk  Sep. 26, 2013 at 14:00

Given the Win 8 interface formerly known as metro revolves almost entirely on horizontal scrolling I seriously doubt they'll release one with a 4:3 screen

Also it's RT so there are practically no "desktop" applications that run on it

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