Microsoft Reportedly Built 20,000 Surface Mini Tablets Before Scrapping Launch - HotHardware
Microsoft Reportedly Built 20,000 Surface Mini Tablets Before Scrapping Launch

Microsoft Reportedly Built 20,000 Surface Mini Tablets Before Scrapping Launch

It was quite a surprise when Microsoft neglected to launch a Surface Mini device during a recent press event in New York City. Leading up to the event, Microsoft had sent out invites for "a small gathering," which was seemingly a big hint that a Surface Mini would be on tap. Combined with the rumors and speculation, along with a Surface Mini case that appeared on Amazon, it seemed like a foregone conclusion. So, what happened?

Microsoft launched a Surface Pro 3 instead. This too was rumored to launch alongside the Surface Mini leading up to the event, but rather than share the stage, it stole the show with a solo act. Apparently Microsoft got cold feet at last the minute and abandoned plans to launch a Surface Mini within days of the event.

No Surface Mini

According to Neowin, the decision not to launch the Surface Mini was a "management directive," and one that came after Microsoft had already produced between 15,000 to 20,000 of them. Now they sit somewhere, perhaps in a warehouse, awaiting their fate.

That's not a ton of devices in the grand scheme of things, and if Microsoft decides to forge ahead with a Surface Mini at a later date, perhaps they'll end up sold to consumers after all. However, the longer Microsoft waits to make that decision, the less relevant the hardware inside will be.

As to why Microsoft got cold feet, there have been a few different reasons floating around. One is that Microsoft didn't feel it had enough differentiating features to be a hit. Another -- and one that's related -- is that Microsoft just felt it wouldn't sell all that well. Yet another reason is that Microsoft wants to wait until a touch-based version of Office is available, which could come this fall.
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Most likely MS cancelled the mini for a number of reasons. Price is probably the biggest point as it was probably too expensive for what it offered compared to the competition. The mini would have also been announced alongside low cost offerings like HP's new $100 android tablet (which is currently already on discount for $85), and would also compete against Dell's current 7" WinRT tablets which is a partner they sort of need at the moment. For a 7" tablet MS could definitely be stalling for time until its Office and eBook app offerings are strengthened. Something tells me though that those mini's sitting in a warehouse are never going to see the light of day.

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Or could it be that just like with the new CEO, and a few of the past, the media all got the wrong rumor from their "insiders". At any rate it did not happen, so its time to report on what did happen. And maybe start waiting for press conference to happen before reporting on what they are about.

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Not sure what your beef is, dude. All signs point to the Surface Mini rumor being true. (Ie, the 20k tablets sitting in a warehouse somewhere.) The story IS that the Surface Mini did not happen, and why that might be.

Furthermore, we also reported what DID happen, as always. So...

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"Not sure what your beef is, dude. All signs point to the Surface Mini rumor being true. (Ie, the 20k tablets sitting in a warehouse somewhere.) The story IS that the Surface Mini did not happen, and why that might be."

Translation: The rumor that the Surface Mini was true was substantiated by further rumors of a number of devices having been produced.

Do you truly not understand that you're using a rumor as evidence of another rumor's authenticity? Your "all signs" are as baseless as the rumor they supposedly prove. It's all rumors. It all might be true, but there's absolutely no way to say for sure if that's truly the case.

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Bobby & Paul; it is often the case that tech sites report on news that has not yet been proven true 100% and sometimes those stories end up being incorrect, just ask dailytech,com where they seem to report what they think is news in the hopes that what they report ends up as true a lot like Fox News lol. However for this story there is enough insider information substantiated information to intelligently come up with the conclusion that there WAS a Mini in the works and it DID get cancelled and for those 2 points alone this story is news worthy already. What we don't know is exactly why it was cancelled and that is what everyone including us here at DT are commenting on. When DT finds out the real reason why I am sure another article will be forthcoming but there isn't a reason to sit on this part of the story waiting for that news

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Lets face it phones are getting bigger and replacing tablets. So they made a bigger tablet which looks great i must add.

Big phone screen and bigger tablet screens thats how it will be, the 8-10" will die, thats my call :P

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looks just like my Dell Venue 8 Pro only with the Windows button in a better spot.

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