You know how Microsoft kind of blew it with the entire Surface concept, pricing the Pro and RT far too steep for what they had to offer? Well, chances are they’ve learned their lesson and are now ready to bring something with a better bang for the buck factor.
That’s according to a financial analyst named Maxwell Chang, at least. Chang is with Topology Research Institute and has reason to believe a Surface Mini is in the making. This is of course not official news and based mostly on hearsay and speculation, so for now it should be taken with caution and the proverbial grain of salt.
It definitely makes sense though, especially when taking a look at the gadget’s rumored spec sheet: 7.5 to 8-inch display, full Windows 8, low-power Intel Atom processor. True, that “low-power” makes us think the tab won’t have a lot of oomph inside, but chances are it will be priced at $299.
For comparison, the existent Surface Pro starts at around $900 and the Windows RT-powered model costs $550 and up. Meanwhile, Apple sells the iPad Mini for $350 or so and Google’s Nexus 7 costs 200 bucks in its “low-end” config.
What I’m trying to say is there could be a place under the smaller than 10-inch tablet sun for this Surface Mini, but it all depends on the complete list of features. And its release timeline, currently estimated at a vague 2013 fourth quarter (i.e.: anytime between October 1 and December 31.)
According to the same analyst, Microsoft is believed to have a high-end second-gen version of the Surface Pro in the pipeline also, likely powered by an Intel Haswell chip, but sans a price tag. Still it’s intriguing though, right?