It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the Surface Mini, Microsoft’s rumored 7 to 8-inch Windows tablet, but a new report on the device claims it should launch sometime this year. According to Neowin the Surface Mini is actually ready to ship, though Microsoft is still deciding exactly how to market the device.
Unlike some competing 7 and 8-inch tablets, the Surface Mini won’t just be about consuming content. Instead, Microsoft will reportedly position the new Windows slate as the ultimate note-taking device. That means access to OneNote, new apps or software tweaks, and support for a digital pen.
From a design perspective the Surface Mini will reportedly look pretty similar to its full-sized siblings. Earlier leaks suggested the device would feature a built-in kickstand like the rest of the Surface line, though if Microsoft is positioning this tablet as a note-taking tablet that may not be necessary.
According to Neowin, Microsoft considered launching the Surface Mini last fall but cancelled its plans when the Surface 2 release was plagued by supply chain issues. If the smaller tablet is meant as a note-taking device it could potentially hit the market this summer in time for back-to-school shopping — which is usually a hot time for sales of new gadgets.