Microsoft Said To Be Going With A 4:3 Screen For The Surface Mini

Microsoft Said To Be Going With A 4:3 Screen For The Surface Mini

The technology world is still reeling with the exciting second generation Surface launch at the start of this week, but a whole bunch of interesting Surface Mini details have just leaked out.

Microsoft is yet to confirm plans for a smaller Surface slate, but sources close to the matter believe the new device is likely to be unveiled sometime in December. Redmond seems keen to pitch the Surface Mini against the iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7.

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And according to this report over at CNET, the aforementioned device could feature a 7.5 inch display with a resolution of 1400 by 1050 pixels — giving it the classic 4:3 display ratio.

The report cites Rhoda Alexander, the director of Tablet and Monitor Research at IHS iSuppli.

It further claims that Microsoft’s first foray into the small form factor tablet could very likely feature 3G and 4G connectivity support. In other words, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor optimized for both performance and longer battery life could power the device.

A couple of reports popped up a few months back, claiming that Qualcomm was collaborating with Microsoft on a processing solution, and it could well be for the Surface Mini, seeing as NVIDIA Tegra 4 beats in the heart of the Windows RT powered Surface 2.

Anyway, mass production of the Surface Mini is reportedly set to begin in the first couple of months of 2014. Chances are that the LTE versions of the second generation Surface tablets could also see daylight around this time early next year.

This brings us to the price tag, and judging by how things are going, Microsoft seems to be going for something around the $249 range — making it the most affordable tablet to come from the House of Windows.

As always, none of these reports are officially confirmed, so just take them at face value for now, until Microsoft offers some concrete information.

  • WillyThePooh

    Shouldn’t it be 16:10 or wider so that it could have a proper keyboard cover?

  • Ray C

    People have been asking for a 4:3 device. The article says it will be the most affordable Windows device out there, but how does that price compare of other tablets of the same size.

  • 1stkorean

    “Microsoft seems to be going for something around the $249 range” If you believe that I have some Ocean Front Property in Arizona to sell you. Prior to the launch ALL the media said MS was planning on keeping the Surface 2 priced the same as the original…Well it wasn’t.

  • Robert Kegel

    I hate 4:3 tablets, widescreen is the way to go. Hopefully they’ll think about it before they do this, I think it would be a mistake. Maybe they should make a 4:3 and a 16:10 to see which one will sell better.