Tablets come in all shapes and sizes, but aside from the iPad very few have sold in decent numbers, and the majority have come and gone largely unnoticed by the gadget-buying public.
Those that have succeeded, though, have generally had one thing in common – a low price. No surprise, then, to hear rumours that Microsoft is planning a similar pocket-friendly pricing strategy for its upcoming 7.9in Surface RT.
The first-generation Surface RT has struggled to make an impact since going on sale late last year, and one potential reason could be that Microsoft chose to go with a 10.6in display at a time when most lower end Android slabs were starting to find success by targeting the smaller 7in form factor.
That's set to change soon, however, with widespread reports claiming that a 7.9in Surface RT will soon be joining its full-sized brethren in the Surface lineup.
Our industry-watching Taiwanese friends at DigiTimes agree, repeating the popular theory that the more compact Surface RT variant will debut at the Microsoft Build conference next month.
In addition, though, it claims Microsoft plans to go super-aggressive on price, offering its baby tablet for around $249-$299 – that's £163-£196 in the Queen's coin.
As for the specification, we're only told the device will be manufactured by Pegatron, with an Nvidia Tegra processor inside and a Samsung-made display.
Microsoft reportedly does still plan to continue with the 10.6in Surface RT, but will likely only update it to a second generation in Q3 after clearing its inventory of the current model.