Microsoft, in making the decision to cancel the Surface Mini tablet at the last minute, surprised everyone that was looking forward to getting their hands on a smaller, more portable tablet.

And the more we hear about this device, the more it feels that it would have been worth a chance.

These newest details come from the most trusted of sources, and show a tablet that seemed to be targeted primarily at students who wanted to replace their notebooks with a device that could be carried around easily.

The leaked marketing material that surface a couple of days back show a device that made use of an integrated kickstand, support for the Surface Pen, USB ports, a headphone jack, microSD card reader, and a front facing camera for video calls.

While the 7.5-inch display featured a resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels, and a 4:3 aspect ratio.

It made use of a Qualcomm MSM 8974 chip, with two storage configurations. One a 32GB one with 1GB of RAM, and another with 64GB of storage and 2GB RAM.

But the most disappointing part of this puzzle, perhaps, was that the Surface Mini was powered by the Windows RT operating system. A version of Windows that failed to pick up steam, and was pretty much the biggest reason why Microsoft made a decision to cancel this device at the eleventh hour.

CEO Satya Nadella pulled the plug on this after talks with Stephen Elop who was heading the hardware unit at Redmond at that time.

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