Microsoft may release a smaller version of its Surface tablet as early as this summer, according to Twitter account @evleaks, which has a strong track record when it comes to revealing information about unreleased mobile products.
The purported Surface Mini is said to be back in production after initial rumors suggested it would launch in May or June.
Rather than releasing a Surface Mini as expected, Microsoft unveiled an even larger 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet at its most recent press event in May.
But that doesn't mean Microsoft has completely abandoned the idea of releasing a smaller version of its Surface tablet.
At the end of May, Rhoda Alexander, who directs IHS Technology's monitor and tablet research, told CNET that the research firm noticed "activity" in the display supply chain from Microsoft on the "smaller" Surface product.
Alexander also noted that these displays measured 7.5 inches, which would line up with previous rumors that circulated before Microsoft's Surface event in May.
In 2013, Windows tablets only accounted for 3.5% of the worldwide tablet market, while iPads landed at 33.9% and Android tablets captured 62.3%. Windows tablets are only expected to comprise 5.3% of the market in 2014, while iOS is expected to sit at 30.3% and Android is predicted to account for 64.4% of the tablet market.