That didn’t quite happen. Jilted like a prom date gone wrong, we were disappointed with Microsoft for pulling the device from the event at the very last minute. But like all happy endings, there’s now a good reason to remain hopeful of a Surface Mini that'll, well, surface.
It appears that the tech giant has one in its future roadmap, if you believe leaks by (wait for it) Microsoft itself. It recently accidentally released a user manual on its website for the Surface Pro 3, which made several mentions of a “Surface Mini”.
Although, Microsoft has yet to come forth and confirm the Sufrace Mini's existence.
Is there any truth to it?
First reported on The Verge, the term “Surface Mini” was identified in four sections of the content, probably the result of some sloppy copy-paste job. Two of the sections within this user manual speak of the Mini when using OneNote and the rotation lock features of Windows 8.
Another even suggested the tablet might come with a stylus Surface Pen, stating "you’ll pair your new pen with Surface Mini a little later during setup.”
This isn’t the first time leaks of a Surface Mini have emerged. In late April, electronics wholesaler VSTN posted a smart cover case for a “Microsoft Surface Mini” device as an Amazon listing.
Other rumors have previously indicated that it might sport Windows 8.1 RT and either a 7in or 8in screen. If this is any indication of what’s to come, the Surface Mini will rival the Google Nexus 7, as well as the iPad Mini, as previously reported.
[Source: The Verge]