We keep hearing about a possible Surface Mini making its appearance, as Microsoft looks to enter the small form factor market. Just yesterday, Microsoft began touring the United States to show off the Surface 2 in various Microsoft Store locations, beginning with the Microsoft Store in Seattle. At this store, Microsoft’s Surface boss Panos Panay hinted at new form factors for the Surface currently in the works.
During Panay’s showcase of the Surface 2, he was asked a question about a smaller Surface 2 being in the works. “We have a lot of great things that we are thinking about and working on, and there are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface. That’s the best answer I have for you,” Panay carefully stated.
“There are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface.”
Microsoft has yet to officially announce plans for a smaller Surface tablet, but rumors have ran wild as of late claiming that Microsoft is indeed working on a Surface Mini. We already know Microsoft is working on a Surface 2 with LTE support but there will not be a Surface Pro 2 with LTE.
Microsoft’s chief financial officer Peter Klein hinted at the idea of a Surface mini back in April of this year. “We’re working closely with chip partners and OEMs to bring the right mix of devices” and added that Microsoft is looking to “expand the product lineup” and provide “a greater variety of devices at a bigger variety of price points.”
During his presentation at the Microsoft Store, Panay focused on the improved performance of the Surface 2, as well as the new apps, features, and accessories. Microsoft has been working hard to push the Surface RT and now the Surface 2 as a serious competitor to the Apple iPad.
The Microsoft Store in Seattle was just the first stop and the beginning of the Surface tour. Microsoft is touring across the United States and allowing consumers to get some lovely hands-on time with the Surface 2 as well as its accessories. You can also meet Panos Panay, the man in charge of the Surface device. Head over here to see when the tour will be arriving in your area.Further reading: Microsoft, Surface 2