The Surface Mini was supposed to be Microsoft’s star back in 2014, running Windows RT and featuring pen support for taking notes and inking on the go. Recently leaked information may be our best look at what the company was preparing internally for a smaller Surface.
The images and device specs popped up on Twitter a few days ago and show how this device would have looked in red if it were not canceled by Microsoft. The images were posted by Evan Blass who is known for leaking information on devices before their official release.
Potential features of the Surface Mini
The leaked information also confirms a Snapdragon 800 CPU and either 1GB or 2GB of RAM. It might have had a Full HD display at 7.5 inches and an aspect ratio of 4:3, perfect for a mini tablet.
Leaked tech specs also confirmed that the Surface Mini would have had an internal code name “Iris” and would have featured a Surface Pen as well.
The Surface Mini was canceled at the last minute
The specs and images showed off renders of a red Surface Mini, confirming the device would have come in more colors for users to choose from.
On the other hand, Microsoft’s decision to kill this device just a few weeks before launch might have been the best thing to do at the moment. For starters, Windows RT failed as a platform and there were not many apps in the Windows Store that could have shown off the potential of a Surface Mini device. The only cool app to run on a Surface Mini would have been OneNote.
It’s a pity that Iris was canceled before we got to test it out. Who knows: maybe Microsoft will give it another go sometime in the future and the device might even run Windows 10.
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