We have been hearing rumors that Microsoft could be looking to launch a smaller version of its Surface tablets in the form of the Surface Mini. Given that smaller tablets are more than welcome by those who do not need bigger tablets of the 10-inch variety, not to mention following the success of other smaller form tablets like the iPad mini, Nexus 7, and Kindle Fire, we can see the appeal.
However so far we haven’t really heard anything from Microsoft, except for the rumors that the device could be announced in June, but in the meantime it seems that one particular retailer might have gotten ahead of themselves by listing Surface Mini related accessories on Amazon. The accessories in question are a Smart Cover-like case and a detachable keyboard case.
Interestingly enough the listings have also provided renders of a tablet which we can only imagine is not the real deal, but rather a mockup made just to showcase the accessories. The retailer has also listed that the accessories will be in stock on the 18th of May which is ahead of the rumored June announcement.
However in the past, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley has suggested that the Surface Mini might be announced in the earlier part of 2014, so for Microsoft to announce something in May might not be a stretch of the imagination, assuming that the rumors are true, of course. In any case perhaps the retailer is simply basing their listings on the rumors and rumored specs, which is what many accessory manufacturers do, which is to jump the gun in hopes that the rumors are true and that they can get a leg up on the competition.
Either way take it with a grain of salt for now but we’ll definitely keep our eyes peeled for more information. In the meantime how does the idea of a Surface Mini tablet sound to you guys?