AN AMAZON LISTING that has since been pulled hinted that the long-rumoured Microsoft Surface Mini will go on sale in mid-May.
Amazon US is the culprit, with the retailer listing a case for the so-called Surface Mini, along with an 18 May release date. While Microsoft declined to comment, this certaintly suggests that an imminent announcement is on the cards, despite previous rumours hinting at a summer release.
The fact that it will ship alongside a faux-leather case isn't all we know about Microsoft's Surface Mini. Earlier this month, rumours claimed that the so-called Surface Mini will ship with an 8in display, putting it in the same league as the 7.9in iPad Mini. Unlike Apple's pint-sized tablet, however, it's thought that the Surface Mini will ship with a stylus, such as a Wacom digitizer or something comparable, for more accurate note taking.
There's also talk that the Surface Mini will be based on an ARM chip, therefore running Windows RT, despite Microsoft having tweaked the full version of Windows 8.1 to work better on tablets.
If it's anything like its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 siblings, the Microsoft Surface Mini will also ship with an optional keyboard, and likely will come clad in a metal casing.
There's no word yet on how much the Surface Mini will cost, if it is indeed legitimate, but expect to hear more about the Microsoft Surface Mini in the coming weeks.
These latest rumours follow Microsoft's third quarter 2013 financial report, where the firm revealed that Surface revenues were up 50 percent year on year, despite sales of Apple's iPad slowing during the same three month period. µ