Microsoft Surface mini and Haswell-powered tablets possibly coming at May 20 event

The upcoming May 20 event in New York by Microsoft could see the company launch the much-anticipated Surface mini tablet, to take on the likes of the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 tablets.


According to WindowsITPro, Surface mini will come with Windows RT out of the box and will be powered by an ARM chipset. He further adds, “This device further differentiates from the mini tablet competition by providing a very accurate and high quality stylus for note-taking and OneNote integration. It is expected to become publicly available in late June alongside a click-in cover with a multi-position kickstand.”


The report also mentions that Surface mini was expected to hit the market last year but due to production issues was delayed. Bloomberg reports that Surface mini is expected to come with a Qualcomm processor rather than an Nvidia chipset.


Besides te Surface mini, Microsoft is also expected to announce other tablets in the Surface range, powered by low-voltage Intel processors. According to CNET, a new Intel-based Surface will be unveiled along side the mini version of Surface and it will be powered by Haswell-class processors. With just over a week to go for the event, we will find out soon what plans Microsoft has for the Surface range.


A ZDNet report from Microsoft specialist Mary Jo Foley says that CEO Satya Nadella will be unveiling the new tablets in New York, so naturally, this is as big as it gets as far as Windows tablets are concerned this year.

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