Ahead of the Surface Pro 3’s announcement in 2014, rumors persisted about an alleged Surface Mini. But as you know, the Surface Mini was ultimately canceled just a few weeks ahead of its anticipated announcement.
“Cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor,” Microsoft said in its Q4 2014 earnings report.
Now, three years later, details about the tablet are finally coming to light.
According to Windows Central, which obtained images of the canceled device, the Surface Mini would have essentially been a smaller version of the Surface Pro 3.
The report says the device featured an 8-inch display with a 1440 x 1080 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It also featured the Surface line’s signature kickstand, microSD card support, and a microUSB port for charging.
Windows Central claims the device would have run Windows RT and supported the same Surface Pen technology introduced with the Surface Pro 3. For its size, it would have made for a nice way to draw and take notes on the go.
As for the design, Windows Central says the Surface Mini is housed in a “case-like” material and features large bezels, which are evident in the images above.
In hindsight, canceling the project was a good decision on Microsoft’s part. As phones have gotten larger, interest in tablets, particularly smaller ones, has declined. Apple recently discontinued its iPad mini line because of the shifting market.