Microsoft’s event on May 21st was all about the new Surface Pro 3. However, as excitement starts to wear off, we realize that something wasn’t not right. We expected more. Not that the new Surface Pro 3 is disappointing. Nothing like that. The tablet is large, beautiful and more high-end than ever, but according to the rumors, Microsoft was going to announce two tablets and we got just one. The device that seems to be missing is the Surface Mini. We just can’t help but wonder what happened to it?
Where is the Microsoft Surface Mini
A number of rumored devices never manage to materialize simply because the rumors are nothing more than a product of someone’s creative thinking. However, it doesn’t appear to be the case with the Surface Mini. Reports regarding the tablet were nowhere near official, but all signs seemed to confirm that it was a real deal. Even Microsoft itself mentioned “small gathering” in its invitation, supposedly referring to a smaller addition to the Surface family. So, where is it?
Reportedly, CEO Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President Stephen Elop’s decision to drop the Surface Mini was based on a very simple reasoning. Tablet market is saturated with small-size devices from other manufacturers, for example the iPad Mini, Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire, and the Surface Mini wasn’t all that innovative to stand any good chance against them. Hence it wouldn’t make much sense to release a device that was unlikely to bring significant income but could probably generate loss.
When asked about the possibility of lunching a smaller model of Surface tablet, Surface chief Panos Panay said that Microsoft was still open to further explore the idea, however, didn’t elaborate on details. It’s possible that we will see a Mini Surface in the future, however, in order to win over the competition, the tablet will have to be outstanding among other smaller tablets in more than one way.
The Surface Mini was expected to come with Windows RT on board. Since the tablet failed to come to life, it seems like a safe bet that it could be the end of Windows RT too.