Microsoft Surface Mini – The Tablet That Never Was
This year we see Microsoft releasing the best of what they can come up with for their latest Windows 8.1, the Surface Pro 3. The 12-inches tablet is made of pure goodness and it is a beast of a device. It is packed with the best hardware from Microsoft to date. As a laptop replacement too it is definitely a fitting device. Its rear built in kickstand is second to none and is much better implemented this time around. The keyboard cases are irreplaceable with unparalleled feel to make it a fully viable option beside a regular laptop. They have managed to make it thinner and lighter as well making it more portable without being unwieldy. A highly remarkable device that tablet. There was meant to be another tablet during that launch too though. It never made it. It was meant to be a complementing product beside the Windows 8.1 wielding Surface Pro 3.
It was thought to be a sad thing that the Surface Mini did not make it to the market. A device thought to be highly potent and will likely be a success in the market, it is a shame that Microsoft scratched it from its launch. But is it such a bad thing that Microsoft scrapped the device? Are we just assuming it will be a great tablet that the market wants? What are the real reasons behind the scrapping of such a potent sounding device?
Let us start with the reason Microsoft chose to cancel the device launch in the last minute and in turn put the Surface Pro 3 solely in the limelight of the launch. If our sources are right the Microsoft Surface Mini was meant to be just another tablet for the masses. It was meant to be quite unimpressive and quite the opposite of the Surface Pro 3 which was something extraordinary. The normality of the device just means that it will come out competing with the rest of the Android tablets and Apple’s iPad, the saturated market dominated by these two players. That to me sounds a little bit like Microsoft will plunge into the market blind and inexperienced. Yes, it will run Microsoft’s Window RT. But Windows RT are just as limited as the Android tablets and the Apple iPad. It is not exactly Windows Phone 8.1 either so it does not work the same or uniformly with the Windows Phone counterparts. So it will not exactly be much of a competition with the rest of the market offerings anyway. Hardware that will be fitted in too was going to be very plain and just sufficient to run the Windows RT that is to be fitted in. Additionally if you are in the market for an 8-inches tablet, there are plenty on the market that would run on the full Windows instead of the RT. So why would you get something inferior for a premium.
Other than being unimaginably boring and plain with their hardware Microsoft was not even thinking of designing the Surface Mini with the built in kickstand out of the back of the device. This kickstand is probably one of Microsoft Surface’s very prominent defining feature. Anything that came out after it and not with Microsoft’s logo on it just becomes purely a copy and imitation to the Surface tablets. Arguing that this is only an RT tablet that does not need the kickstand does not make sense either. The previous Surface’s that ran RT all had the same kickstand that the pro has. The built in kickstand definitely screams ‘Microsoft Surface’ more than ever. Any device without that kickstand cannot be called a Surface, even if they have Microsoft branded on the device. So the 8-inches Surface Mini cannot be a Microsoft.
So the question for Microsoft is whether or not this will be a selling tablet, whether or not people will want this tablet. How we see this tablet is that it could be a compact tablet running on Windows. But with Windows RT how much good can it do? And what is wrong with the Surface 2 with bigger screen, kickstand and keyboard option that the Surface Mini does not have. Therefore Microsoft scrapped it because no one will actually buy it. We will not buy it, you will not buy it, not many will. It is just too plain of a tablet to have and there are plenty of others that would work better than it anyway, or at least we think that there could be better tablets based on the rumours surrounding the Surface Mini. It is also, well to put it, a good riddance for us tech enthusiasts, users, and them as a company known to making things that will take the world by storm. The Surface Mini just does not fit the moniker, nor fits Microsoft. It is just not meant to be.