The Surface Mini happened to be one of the most anticipated mini tablets, but for some reason the project never came to fruition. That said, there’s still a glimmer of hope as leaked specs and photos of the device have surfaced on the web.
The leak comes from credible tipster Evan Blass aka @evleaks, giving us a pretty good idea about the Surface Mini that has long been rumored to be one of Surface projects. The device was to be targeted primarily at students as it was supposed to be much easy to carry around compared to full-fledged notebooks. Going by the leaked image, it appears the Surface Mini will feature an integrated kickstand much like other Surface models.
Elsewhere, the leaked image suggest that the device came with Surface Pen support, a 3.5mm jack, USB-ports, microSD card slot, as well as a front-facing camera for video chats.
In terms of specs, the Surface Mini was expected to feature a 7.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440×1080 pixels which has an aspect ratio of 4:3. Under the hood, the device is said to feature a Qualcomm MSM 8974 processor. The Surface Mini also had two different RAM and storage models – one featuring 32GB of built-in storage with 1GB RAM while the other gets 64GB of built-in storage bundled with 2GB RAM.
The last interesting or rather disappoint bit reveals that the Surface Mini was powered by Windows RT 8.1, an OS that failed to impress customers and developers alike partly because it was just limited to run Windows Store apps.
All said and done, the Surface Mini never came to fruition. Rumor has it that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella ditched the project at the very last minute after a conversation with Stephen Elop, who was in charge of Microsoft devices unit before Panas Panoy took over. The reason cited by Nadella and others is that the Surface Mini lacked enough unique selling propositions to warrant its launch, and eventually decided to pull the plug on the project.