Fans were in for a rather shocking surprise a couple of months back, when it emerged that Microsoft stopped the launch of the Surface Mini at the eleventh hour.

This small tablet was expected to be unveiled at a special event in May.

Redmond decided to postpone the project, and released the Surface Pro 3 instead. The reason cited was that the slate brought nothing new compared to the existing models. However, a launch at some point in the future was not entirely ruled out.

It is now, if we believe this particular report — the tablet is killed off for good.

There is word that Microsoft saw a fierce competition in the small sized tablet segment, with several vendors having released their solutions, and countless others preparing new models. Additionally, negative response from brand vendor clients, also had a say in this.

The Surface Mini, it seems, was in an advanced production stage, with the technology titan having already agreed to pay costs for module development and production equipment.

File this as a rumor for the time being, unless we hear something official from Microsoft in this regard. The company probably will not talk about it directly, but some executive may yet.

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  1. I’m never one that’s quick to call any company’s actions stupid, but this is just stupid. Part of the reason Surface never got much market share is because it came out at at time with mini tablet adoption was really picking up. That’s what people are into now. Sure there was a report saying that larger tablets are the next big thing, but this comes from the same group who said mini tablets were going to be 70% of the tablet market in the future. Can you really trust their reports 100%? So, you’re just going to give up on a very important part of the tablet market?

  2. Dominico-James Black Eagle Hod / June 30, 2014 at 10:36 am /Reply

    This is dumb. Microsoft needs to release a surface mini and a new surface 3 at 10.6 inches. They need to be more diverse in the hardware space. Not just software. If they don’t take it serious, no one else will either.

  3. It seemed like this is where things were headed once they scrapped production on it. For them to do that, the product must have been in really bad shape.

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