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.

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  6. Been There Done That

    Unless it run windows, not the apps only version, the full version, it’s DOA

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  7. Copyboy

    Did the author have anybody proofread this article? Or is English not his native language?
    Right there in the opening sentence he writes that “Microsoft has announced to launch…”.
    WHAT has Microsoft announced? Plans perhaps? The writing only gets worse as the story goes on, overshadowing any content that might have been valuable. Please – proofread before you publish.

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  8. justd80010

    “The tablet is said to be powered by Intel manufactured low power running ARM processors…” This is the only place this is being said, and the person saying it is of questionable credibility. Intel ARM processors, what is that? It’s most likely powered by an 800 series, quad-core Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm.

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  9. Charles-A Rovira

    Microsoft still doesn’t get it. The accountants who’s shoulders they rode in on in the PC revolution owe them absolutely no loyalty. In fact they’re aiming for the lowest price, and you can’t get lower than Google’s free.

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    • justd80010

      If by Google you mean Android then you’re wrong, Android isn’t free. Actually, as of today, on devices under 9 inches in size, Windows carries a lower cost to OEMs than does Android. And MS didn’t ride any shoulders, unless you think billions of PCs would have sold without being powered by Windows.

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