Microsoft working on cheaper Surface Mini tablet

By , source: Focus Taiwan

In February, we reviewed Microsoft's RT tablet. This device, combined with Windows 8, is to bridge the gap between desktop systems and tablets. We stated that the Surface RT was a fine tablet, but that the Windows RT operating system was quite limiting.

A few months later, we received the Surface Pro in our test lab. This tablet has Windows 8 Pro, and therefore doesn't suffer from the same problems as the Surface RT did. Additionally, it's also based on completely different hardware; instead of ARM technology with a Tegra processor, the Surface Pro has a full-fledged Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7 GHz processor. A new version of the device, equipped with a Haswell device, is also planned.

The Surface RT with 32 GB of storage capacity has an average price of €511, while the 64 and 128 GB models of the Surface Pro cost respectively €932 and €1024. In the United States, Microsoft's Surface RT is available to students at a price of just $199.

For consumers with a smaller budget, Microsoft is currently working on a Mini-version of the Surface. This Surface Mini is to be released at the end of the fourth quarter, retailing right around €230. The latest rumours claim a 7.5 or 8-inch screen and an Intel Atom x86 processor. The tablet is said to be running Windows 8.1.

The current Microsoft Surface Pro

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