Microsoft schedules Surface press event to unveil iPad mini competitor

By , May 5, 2014

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Microsoft has sent invitations to members of the media for an event on May 20 where it’s expected to unveil a smaller version of the Surface tablet.

The Surface branding and “join us for a small gathering” tagline hint smaller hardware will be the main attraction at the event. The tablet is expected to be called the Surface Mini, and could help fill a gap in Microsoft’s tablet line-up to help it go after both the iPad Air and iPad mini after more than a year of sluggish tablet sales.

We’ve seen the Surface mini leaked in an Amazon listing before, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect – a slimmed down version of the 10.6-inch Surface 2 tablet. The Surface Mini is tipped to have an 8-inch display to take on the iPad mini’s 7.9-inch display, and Microsoft is tipped to ship a Bluetooth keyboard to go after its business and professional crowd. No other specifications have been shared.

We’ll be bringing you the latest from the event, as it’s always nice to keep tabs on the competition. Do you think Microsoft will have a winner on its hands?

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[Joanna Stern]

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  • Brian Voll

    The Surface Pro 1 and 2 are hackintosh-able. Curious to see a Surface Pro Mini.

    • Jonathan

      Seriously?! Do you have a link?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Here you go (http://bit ly/1o0Ke5r).

  • jack

    I’m still waiting to see the iPad competitor…..

    • coLin

      It’s called MacBook Air

    • At

      But the surface can run office….wait, that argument is no longer valid.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        But it can truly multitask, duplicate or extend its screen to a monitor/TV, connect to and utilize almost any USB peripheral (be it storage, printer, controller or extension hub) and replace all your needs for paper with OneNote and the Surface Pen…those major excuses are still on the table for Apple to eliminate, not even taking into account compatibility with billions of desktop-class applications.

      • mondo

        keep dreaming son, keep dreaming,,,,

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        It’s only a dream in the iWorld. I live in the real world and can see beyond the Apple logo…can you?

      • mondo

        work for Microsoft marketing by any chance?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Sure, anyone who sees innovation beyond the Apple logo is a competitor’s marketer…makes iSense.

      • mondo

        so because i trolled your comment, you assume that i’m an apple fanboy?

      • Hyr3m

        Where exactly did he imply/how do you know that he assumes you’re an apple fanboy ? (Which you obviously are) [trolling inside]

      • Rowan09

        Look man. I’m going to do my best to get you a job promoting the Surface Pro because you would do a way better job.

    • Hyr3m

      You’re right, the surface is no iPad competitor… the iPad can’t even compare… they’re not even in the same category. One is a computer and the other one is a toy.

      • Rowan09

        It’s not a competitor because it doesn’t sell. For the Surface to be a competitor, it needs to at least sell better than the Galaxy Tab.

      • Hyr3m

        Depends on what they would be competing for… “sales” is not the only thing that matters… Most people care about functionality… Maybe if you’re a trader you’re going to care about sales but then again they’re not the only devices made by each company so they won’t have that much of an effect.

        Although my point was that they’re not in the same category at all… The VW New Beetle may sell more than a Lamborghini but does that make it a better car ?
        The Surface Pro is an actual computer while the iPad is not hence these two devices are not really competing. (Although I don’t get why anyone would like to have a single-task toy rather than a full-fledged computer… well… I guess there’s a sucker born every minute…)

      • Rowan09

        The Surface Pro should not be compared to the iPad, but it’s Microsoft’s fault for the confusion. The Surface has competition with the cheaper Intel tablets and the plethora of touch screen laptops for a fraction of the price. The iPad is not a toy it’s a powerful device. Is it a full pledge computer no, but it’s no toy. Apple wasn’t trying to make the iPad what Microsoft is doing with the Surface Pro and obviously people don’t want it either. Functionality is subjective to the person using the product. If I’m a business, functionality isn’t a huge deal because each product is specific to each company. Competing with a product has little to do with functionality, it’s almost all about sales. How great is a product if no one purchases it?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        “How great is a product if no one purchases it?”

        A million people is nothing compared to 20 million, but it’s still something and it’s growing as others notice it in meetings, lectures and on buses. Even friends who just recently got MacBook Airs (based on Apple’s PR) are tempted to switch after seeing classmates utilizing it for everything…

      • Hyr3m

        So because Lamborghini doesn’t sell as many cars as Volkswagen every year that means their cars are not as great? What about Tesla cars?

        As an end user, do you care more about :
        A) The number of people in the world who have the same device as you ?
        or
        B) The number of things you can do with your device ?(assuming you need to do many things, not just play candy crush and read emails)

        (I’m not saying all you can do with an iPad is playing candy crush, yet it’s obvious you don’t have half as much functionality with an iPad as with a computer, probably not even a third or a fifth for that matter…)

      • Rowan09

        Lamborghini also doesn’t make as much cars as Volkswagen either but that’s beyond the point. I can do flash, upload any file to websites, multi-windows (OS Experience for 6.0 when it’s ready), access a file system, (iFile), do light programming, etc. The iPad is a very capable device, I agree it’s not the Surface Pro because it’s not trying to be. As the end user I care about both because without people purchasing the product it will lead to a lack of support. Nevertheless we agree the Surface Pro is to be compared to touchscreen laptops and not the Galaxy tab, or iPad.

      • Hyr3m

        Buying hardware from microsoft is not like getting something from some obscure tech company which’ll drop support for their devices as soon as they make a new one/get bought out by a big player/go out of business.
        That makes the “A” part of your answer irrelevant (in this case at least) so all that’s left is : functionality.
        Of course you can tweak your iPad (as long as you JB it) and “manage” doing stuff the iPad is not supposed to do in the first place but it honestly can’t compare with an actual computer…

      • Rowan09

        Yes but why would I need to buy a Surface? I can just purchase any Windows laptop or tablet that’s a full blown laptop. The iPad is not a computer and it wasn’t meant to be.

      • http://facebook.com/kurtlewisart Kurt

        I like my iPad Air, but it’s not a “powerful device”. What powerful devices crashes so much due to low RAM? What powerful device can’t multitask properly? iPad is a glorified app launcher. It works well for what it is, but it’s not a powerful device. It’s a consumption device, and not much more. Again, I like my iPad Air and use it for what it is

      • Rowan09

        Does it have it flaws yes but that doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. I have the 3rd gen and I can’t tell you the last time it crashed. To have the full iPad experience it needs to be jailbroken.

  • http://www.fat7y.tk/ Ahmed Fathy

    creativity wow legal wow so much cases wow
    jobsvsgates wow jobsisdead sorry

    • felixtaf

      What I jus read?

    • Jonathan

      wat

  • Mus1ckFPS

    The wait this long to unveil a ipad mini competitor

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Getting closer and closer to the Surface Phone…

    • felixtaf

      I doubt that will happen anytime soon. They have Nokia in their hands now. They wont ditch the Lumia branding anytime soon. But i like to a surface phone with surface built quality.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        It’s definitely a long way away (perhaps in 2024). Wasn’t thinking of it as just another SmartPhone PC (wouldn’t buy it in that case), was thinking of it as something similar to the following running the full Windows OS:

      • felixtaf

        It was a nice idea from Asus. But i wonder how practical it would be to mount/unmount a phone (once daily atleast).
        As u mentioned, MS will not try any of this (or a new phone) anytime soon. But Asus can release a windows 8 pc phone (not WP8 pc).
        Also Asus needs to rethink their marketting strategy. Lots of their decent products are not available all over the world. (I kno that the article was about MS) ;)

  • Christian Mejía

    The flopface

  • utsav koju

    I think this tablet will be more productive than any other tablet in the market. You have best of all things. A tablet and a full fledged pc all packed together. I am dreaming of being productive while I’m on the go.

    • Rowan09

      I don’t think it will be a Surface Pro Mini.

      • http://facebook.com/kurtlewisart Kurt

        There’s the Dell Venue 8 Pro, so it’s quite possible. I wish they would get rid of the non-pro version. RT is a joke when there are pro versions at the same price and cheaper.

  • mondo

    Your attempt at sarcasm fails miserably…along with your spelling and grammar…

    • http://www.fat7y.tk/ Ahmed Fathy

      I’m not currently sitting for your exam, you, Lord of English. Getting an “A” for my IGCSE English test was just enough for me.
      and who said I’m being sarcastic here. I’m just trying to say it’s easy to search for something. Cause I had no idea that Hackintosh works on Surface Pro and I got a link to a working tutorial by myself. No need to clap though.

  • Dan

    no need to be an @sshole

  • Jonathan

    Sir, before you accuse someone of being stupid, I’d suggest you realize that there are hundreds of tutorials out there on how to Hackintosh a computer. Some of them for different models. Since I’m not real familiar in this area, I’d want someone who knows a good video for the Surface Pro and provide a link for me. That way, there’s a much less change I might mess something up on my computer.

    Or, I could take your advice, by opening a browser and skipping the step of going to that website, and instead directly type in the browser box (Chrome) making my time more better spent.
    Then type “hackintosh on Surface Pro”, which will have several tutorials that may or may not work.

    Have a great day

  • http://facebook.com/kurtlewisart Kurt

    Jonathan is 14. Have a little respect. He is a nice kid. Doesn’t cause trouble and isn’t disrespectful to anyone.

    • http://www.fat7y.tk/ Ahmed Fathy

      @Flaminghorse:disqus @kurt178:disqus
      Okay. Okay. calm down. I was trying to add some sense of humor. I never meant to cause trouble nor be disrespectful to anyone. Have a nice day everyone. :)