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?


[Joanna Stern]