REDMOND – Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced to launch the Surface Mini Windows 8.1 powered tablet in the U.S. on May 20th. The tablet is said to be powered by Intel manufactured low power running ARM processors and is all set to compete with Apple iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7-inch Android tablet.
The full sized Surface range of tablets has failed to gain any public traction, but with the release of a miniature version of its Surface series tablets, Microsoft is again gambling with its luck in mobile device market where it has failed to hold a noticeable position till now.
According to the latest updates, Surface Mini will feature an 8-inch multi-touch screen with an expected screen resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. The Intel powered processor and cutting edge industrial design are going to be its key factor, suggested by new updates.
According to reports of Cnet, one version of Surface Mini will feature a Qualcomm chip whereas another with Intel based chip will also be released at the May 20th event.
With the release of Surface Mini, Microsoft will clearly indicates its plan to compete with Apple’s iPad range of tablets.
No words about pricing are out yet but we are expecting it to be priced somewhere between $300-$350 for 32GB Wi-Fi only variant if Microsoft is really looking to give iPad Mini some competition.
It is also expected that Microsoft will release a 4G LTE version of Surface Mini in partnership with leading mobile carriers in the U.S.
The speculations are high and market gurus are predicting that with Qualcomm powered Surface mini, Microsoft might be able to squeeze few percent of iPad mini sales whereas the Intel powered version may boost the sale of Surface tablet in market where Google’s Android powered tablets are dominating the space.