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Is this Microsoft’s canceled Surface Mini?

In 2014, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3. But there might have been another Surface that was canceled last minute.

Was Microsoft planning to release a smaller Surface called "Surface Mini" in 2014? According to Windows Central, it supposedly was.

Back in 2014, a third-party revealed a case for a "Surface Mini" product ahead of Microsoft's planned event in New York City. The case fed into rumors that the company would reveal a "mini" version of the Surface tablet. A few weeks later, only the Surface Pro 3 was announced. Now, however, Windows Central posted alleged pics of the rumored Surface Mini.

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The purported 'Surface Mini' smart cover pic we grabbed from Amazon back in 2014. 

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We can't speak to the validity of Window Central's pics (so it's best to take these with a grain of salt). WC also shared what would have been specs for the tablet:

  • 8-inch display
  • Windows RT 8.1
  • Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.15GHz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 1,140x1,080 screen resolution
  • 32GB of storage
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi

While this doesn't exactly shake our world, the alleged Surface Mini would have been Microsoft's first crack at making a tablet under 10 inches (its Surface line has range from 10 to 12 inches). It would have been interesting to have checked out the new size, but alas, it just won't happen. The latest Surface tablet, the Surface Pro, was released in June.   

A Microsoft representative declined to comment on this story.