Microsoft looks ready to take on the iPad mini with a mini of its own

by David Needle

September 13 2013

Microsoft it already running ads comparing its Surface RT favorably to Apple's iPad mini, but a new model reportedly in the works is specifically aimed at those who want a smaller tablet. 

The Microsoft Surface "mini" (or whatever Microsoft ends up calling it) will ship this year, a bit after Microsoft releases new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 models, according to Paul Thurrott at Supersite for Windows.

The Surface mini is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm processor, running Windows RT 8.1, (not Windows 8.1) and feature an 8-inch screen.

Microsoft has been discounting and in some cases bundling its Cover keyboard accessories. But it's not known if such deals will continue with the new models.

Microsoft recently confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be publicly available starting October 18. A raft of new Windows 8.1-powered tablets are expected to be released around that time, sporting 8-inch and 10.6-inch displays as well as other form factors, in time for the holiday shopping season.

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  • cWent2008
    1 year 2 months ago

    A new series of tablets launched this week powered by Intel's new Clover-Trail processor - which offers impressive performance for mid-range devices.

    Ramos Technology is one of the better-known China based Android tablet manufacturers and has partnered with Intel to introduce theRamos I-Series with 8", 9" ,10" and 12" models... with very competitive pricing and solid features, including high resolution displays... starting at $199.

    Intel's new processor with Hyper-Threading technology runs four threads simultaneously and scores extremely well compared to other mainstream quad-core tablets in benchmark testing.

    The i8 model 7.9-Inch tablet for $199 hit's the medium-size tablet "sweet spot" that compares in size to the iPad Mini and features an HD Display and up-to-date specs and features.

    One source with more details on the new Ramos i-Series is --Tab l e t S p r i n t-- which also offers a few other new models that launch in September worth checking out.

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