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Will Microsoft Launch Surface Mini Tablet In May?
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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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4/27/2014 | 9:55:08 AM
Re: Will Microsoft Launch Surface Mini Tablet In May?
I'm not placing much stock in the fact that a company in China is offering peripherals for an object that for all we know is imaginary at this point.

"Specifically designed for the Surface Mini" when the Surface Mini isn't out yet.  Either there's likely a major breach of an NDA contract going on here, or it's a fraud.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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4/26/2014 | 6:10:26 AM
Re: Will Microsoft Launch Surface Mini Tablet In May?
The fact that each accessory is designed specifically for the surface mini tells us that it is made for the consumer to fit his or her own needs plus the fact that it will have an 8-inch screen is great. This is amazing especially the fact that each cut out provides access to ports and controls.  The time is also perfect and I believe there is a ready and willing market to purchase it. 
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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4/26/2014 | 6:05:59 AM
Re: of course it will
@Thomas, it is true that going by what we are used to experiencing in the world of mobile computing, the launch of a mini Microsoft tablet is just a matter of time and this is something that I can bet my bottom dollar. So if you are the speculative type you might as well just go ahead and start buying the accessories as you wait for the launch. The only downside to this approach though is that maybe, just maybe, the manufacturers of the accessories based their information on rumors and the specs they used end up being different from the actual specs.
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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4/25/2014 | 1:31:43 PM
RT?
Its going to ship with RT? I have already seen this movie, it flopped.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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4/25/2014 | 9:04:41 AM
Re: of course it will
Not exactly.  What I want to do is have a 5" device that is powerful enough to dock and use as a desktop while I'm in my office, use for emergency issues when I'm on the road and dock into a laptop style system when I'm traveling or sitting at home.  It's one device with the flexibility to do what I need it to do when I need it in that configuration.  As it is I use a Surface Pro 2 that is docked to a 27" display on my desk at work and then use it as a small laptop when out of the office.  
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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4/25/2014 | 12:49:00 AM
Re: of course it will
Why wouldn't you want the option ?
rok3
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rok3,
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4/24/2014 | 9:32:55 PM
Re: of course it will
I did - 10 years ago.  I actually used a Fujitsu Sytlistic LT (233 Mhz, 64 MB RAM, 6GB HDD, 8" 800x600 resistive touch screen, Win98) on a work trip (30 hours on train each way since I could not fly for health reasons - whew). with its IR keyboard in stand case that opened up to position the keyboard like a clamshell. The case and tablet were around 5LBs, and I could sling it over my shoulder to hang by my side like a woman's purse. That beat the heck out of dealing in the tight train quarters, and all the moving around the stations with a bad back rather than dealing with the big briefcase-sized package of the corp-issued Thinkpad T20. I could connect to the corp VPN, run Lotus Notes for email, SameTime for chatting, ssh to Solaris servers I supported, run Open Office, etc.

I now use a Fujitsu Lifebook P1620 as my personal travel PC since it took most of those Stylistic characteristics and upgraded them tremendously while making the package even smaller and more portable with the bonus of a built-in keyboard bigger than usual for a 8.9" inch screen since it used Fujitsu's version of IBM's Trackpoint, and thus did not waste so much space on a touchpad with the big blank spaces next to it - all the more room for KEYS!  And I can hook it up to full-sized peripherals such as keyboard/mouse/monitor if needed.  

I would like it to be about half as thick like more modern ultrabooks and 2-in1 tablet/keyboard combos, and take SATA SSD's (although  I managed to find a ZIF/PATA connectable 64GB SSD on eBay for it).  The current Surface Pro/2 are appealing upgrades with their 10.8" screen being a reasonable size increase for the much greater resolution.   I will have to give a Surface Mini a look if they really materialize, but 10-11" are probably a better size for my aging eyes as long as they have more vertical height than a measly 768 pixels. 

Anyway, even that beats heck out of trying to use similar apps on a phone for "productivity" such as a Galaxy Note 2 that I tried for about a month, but it was just sticking out and bumping/snagging things too much from my belt holster - back to a Droid Razr HD which keeps out of the way much better while still providing decent viewing real estate and better accessories like car and mulitmedia docks (if only MotoGoogle had not killed off Webtop with the Bionic JellyBean update, and for subsequent Droids; the Razr could be a near-laptop replacement in a Moto Lapdock...).
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z00ker,
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4/24/2014 | 8:23:57 PM
Re: of course it will
You want to run desktop apps on an 8" screen? Seriously?
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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4/24/2014 | 6:34:58 PM
Re: of course it will
I agree but shouldnt it run a full functioning Windows 8.1? Not being able to run desktop apps is a big minus for me.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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4/24/2014 | 6:16:05 PM
of course it will
Since Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft all follow each other in lock-step, we must see a Windows mini-tablet eventually.
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