Bloomberg Reports That Microsoft Will Announce An Intel Based Surface Device Along With Surface Mini

Surface Mini Concept Render
Surface Mini Concept Render

Yesterday, we reported about few details on the upcoming Surface Mini device that Microsoft will reveal at the event on May 20th. The Surface Mini is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, differing from the Surface 2 which is based on the NVIDIA Tegra processor. It is likely other specifications will match with the Surface 2 and the Surface Mini will come in 32GB/64GB variants and with 2GB RAM.

  • No built in Kickstand
  • An accessory cover will work as a kickstand
  • Likely to be available in Silver, similar to the Surface 2
  • ARM based device (Windows RT)
  • Ships in June
  • 7.5-inch device
  • 1440 x 1080 display
  • 4:3 aspect ratio similar to iPad (unlike 16:9 Surface & Surface Pro)
  • Active Pen support (similar to Surface Pro)
  • Ships by end of June

Now, Bloomberg reports that Microsoft will also reveal an Intel based Surface device at the same event.

Microsoft will unveil the new device at an event in New York on May 20, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. Microsoft will also take the wraps off other new Surface models at the event, including ones powered by Intel Corp. processors, the people said. Microsoft previously had a version of Surface with Nvidia chips that use ARM Holdings Plc technology.

Bloomberg also believes “something else” could be shown off at the event. However, nobody really knows what this is at this point. “Panos the Passionate’ may simply be showing off more accessories for the Surface family. It is just unknown at this point.

More information about the price has not come out either. However, I still maintain a $350 price point. Microsoft will justify this by emphasizing it is a premium product, Office comes included, and the Redmond software giant will bundle in Skype credits and OneDrive storage. Microsoft is under pressure from investors to make a profit in hardware and it does not appear they are in a position to be selling Surface units at a loss. Also Microsoft is walking a tightrope with its OEMs. If the Surface mini is priced too low the company may damage the relationship with its partners.

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