According to the Wall Street Journal's source, Microsoft wasn't planning to launch a 7in Surface tablet last year, but is pressing ahead with plans to enter the mini-tablet marketin the face of the growing popularity of Apple and Google's 7in slates. Since price was a major stumbling block for the Surface, a smaller, cheaper Surface could lead Microsoft down the path to silicon salvation.
While it's still just a rumour at this stage, the idea of a 7in Windows 8 tablet with the build quality of Microsoft's Surface and Surface Pro slates is mighty enticing – especially if it can match the sub-£200 price point of the Google Nexus 7.
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