Microsoft have sent out invitations to an event on May 20th inviting journalists to "Join us for a small gathering." That's a not-so-subtle hint that they will be unveiling the previously rumoured Microsoft Surface Mini tablet at the gathering.
We first heard about the Surface Mini back in December and when quizzed on the existence of a smaller version of the Surface tablet a Microsoft spokesman commented that "there are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface”.
The Microsoft Surface Mini is aiming to take on Apple's iPad Mini and is rumoured to have a 7.5-inch display running at a 1440x1080-pixel resolution, giving it a 4:3 aspect ratio. Microsoft's compact tablet will come pre-loaded with Windows RT and is rumoured to be powered by a Qualcomm processor (most likely a quad-core chip).
We previously heard that the Surface Mini would come with Kinect technology, similar to the one used on the Xbox One games console, that would be used for non-touch control. That would make the tablet very interesting, but we're skeptical about it's inclusion and will only believe it when we see it.
The compact tablet market is way more crowded than the larger tablet area and Microsoft will have to pull out all the stops to rival Apple's iPad Mini and the plethora of Android tablets already on the market. We'll bring you all the news from the Surface Mini official unveiling on May 20th.
Until then you might be interested in checking out our Microsoft Surface Review.
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