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Apr 23, 2013

First 8-Inch Windows 8 Tablet Spotted as More Surface Mini Rumors Emerge

Microsoft is reportedly working on a smaller version of its Surface tablet that would run the full version of Windows 8 and featuring a 7- or 8-inch screen.

While the company has indeed confirmed that it was planning to expand the Surface product range, it has also revealed that it was working with partners to bring smaller Windows 8 tablets on the market, but no other specifics have been provided. Engadget has published a picture of what seems to be the Acer Iconia W3, a new Windows 8 tablet that’s running Windows 8 on an 8-inch screen with the help of an Intel Atom Z2760 processor and 2GB of RAM. While nobody can tell for sure if this is indeed Acer’s new, smaller tablet, it’s also a sign that Microsoft might indeed be planning a Surface Mini of similar dimensions. Rumor has it that Microsoft’s upcoming tablet might be equipped with an 8-inch screen, but the company may only release it later this year, most likely after the debut of Windows 8.1.

Such a decision would pretty much make sense, especially because the company is believed to install the future Windows release on its smaller units too, as Windows 8.1 will pack several enhancements aimed at tablet devices. The software giant Microsoft has recently lowered screen resolution requirements for Windows 8, making it possible for the new version of the OS to run on devices with 7- and 8-inch screens as well. As for the Surface Mini, sources familiar with the matter have indicated that Microsoft was pondering a later 2013 release date, as the project is already under development right now. Windows 8.1 is very likely to power the new tablet, as it might feature a new 50-50 Snap View mode specifically designed for smaller units.

Price-wise, Microsoft could make its new device a bit more competitive, as the main purpose is to compete against the likes of iPad mini and Nexus 7. A price tag of $249 (€190) is very likely, a previous report claimed.

Acer Iconia W3 features an 8-inch screen and runs Windows 8
Image credits to MiniMachines.net via Endgadget


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