Microsoft VP of Surface Notes Multiple Surface 2 Sizes Already In The Works

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We were on hand at Microsoft's unveiling of its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro, and having seen and played with these second generation devices in person, we can say we're much more enthused with these products than their first generation siblings. They're fast, well configured, and sport several improvements for a better all-around experience. Even the keyboard is improved.

Be that as it may, there's definitely a market for 7-inch and 8-inch tablets these days, and it's one Microsoft doesn't yet cater to with its Surface products. However, that's going to change. We don't know exactly when or what specific form factor Microsoft has in store, only that the company will be coming out with smaller versions of Surface 2.

Panos Panay, Microsoft's VP of Surface, admitted as much when asked point blank about the prospect of Microsoft building a smaller Surface to compete with the iPad mini and other similarly sized tablets.

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Original Surface (left) next to Surface 2. All that's missing is a Surface Mini!

"We have a lot of great things that we are thinking about and working on, and there are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface," Panay said, according to GeekWire. "That's the best answer I have for you."

To us, that sounds like a confirmation without the details, perhaps indicating that Microsoft hasn't yet decided all the specifics yet. If we had to guess, we'd say a smaller Surface would probably ship with an ARM-based processor and run Windows RT rather than Windows 8. A x86 slate would probably be more popular, but also cost more.

Would you be interested in a smaller Surface if one existed, or do you think Microsoft should leave that stuff to third party makers like Dell?
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sevags replied on Wed, Oct 2 2013 10:17 PM

A 12-13" Surface 2 Pro "Elite" would be nice, larger size means more room for better hardware and battery

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SmogHog replied on Wed, Oct 2 2013 10:25 PM

With smart phones available in the 6" range owners of these would have no need for a tablet only an inch larger.

Personally I'd like a dual booting Android/Windows 8.1 Pro 13" tablet.

I like the Galaxy Gear concept of sync with the phone but I'll wait to round 2 on that tech.

The 13.3" dual booting 3200x1800 Samsung ATIV Q was on top of my short list and hope it comes to market.

It's still listed on the main Korean electronics site but without a release date.

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Oct 3 2013 11:11 AM

Agree with you, SH. Dual-boot is great way to go. ASUS has at least one of those types of devices on the way.  The Trio...


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