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Microsoft reportedly built 20,000 Surface Mini tablets before canning launch

Firm reported binned plans for mini tablet two days before New York event
Fri May 23 2014, 12:37

Microsoft Surface 2 with 4GMICROSOFT REPORTEDLY BUILT 15,000 to 20,000 Surface Mini tablets before scrapping plans to launch the device at its launch event on Wednesday.

Ahead of Microsoft's "small gathering" this week, the online rumour mill was rife with speculation that the firm would unveil an 8in Surface tablet, expected to arrive as the Surface Mini. However, at the launch event in New York this week there was no pint-sized Windows tablet to be seen.

This, according to Neowin, was because Microsoft decided to put its Surface Mini plans on hold at the last minute - despite reportedly having already produced between 15,000 to 20,000 units. The website's sources claimed that the decision to can the launch of the so-called Surface Mini could have been made as late as two days before the keynote.

It's still unclear why Microsoft binned its plans for its pint-sized tablet, but Neowin has a number of ideas. It suggests that it might have been due to worry that the Windows RT device would not sell well, or because Microsoft is waiting for the touchscreen version of Microsoft Office, which should arrive this autumn.

With 15,000 to 20,000 Surface Mini tablets sitting in a warehouse waiting to see the light of day, the report notes that Microsoft likely will launch the device one day, but it is still unclear when. Microsoft has yet to comment on the speculation.

While there was no 8in tablet to be seen, Microsoft did unveil the Surface Pro 3 at its event this week, a 12in Windows 8.1 tablet that it claimed "can replace your laptop".

The device is available to pre-order now ahead of its release at the end of August, with the most expensive Surface Pro 3 Core i7 model costing £1,649 - more than two Apple Macbook Air laptops. µ


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