MICROSOFT IS RUMOURED to be plotting to launch a smaller version of its not so popular Windows 8 tablet, named the Surface Mini, sometime this summer.
Unlike previous rumours of a 7in screen, speculation now suggests that the so-called Microsoft Surface Mini will feature an 8in display, will be focused on note-taking, and will most likely be aimed at stealing the iPad Mini customer base away from Apple.
To support its note-taking functionality, Microsoft will ship the Surface Mini with dedicated stylus input, such as a Wacom digitizer or something comparable for more accurate note taking, the rumours suggest.
The renewed speculation comes from a Neowin report, which claims that sources have said that the tablet will definitely make its way to market in 2014, though the sources can't seem to pinpoint a date except "summer time".
Microsoft unveiled its Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 tablets last September, claiming better battery life, improved performance and updated detachable keyboard covers in its bid to replace the laptop.
Aimed at being more productive machines for users, Microsoft's tablet range was updated physically by improving its kickstand and giving it "dual angle" support so it sits better on, er, surfaces.
Rumours suggest Microsoft will retain this focus on productivity by not only shipping the stylus support out of the box but also developing its suite of applications so they can run on the smaller 8in screen of the Surface Mini.
We are awaiting to hear back from Microsoft regarding the rumours. µ