One of the advantages of the Microsoft Surface series of tablets is that they came with a built-in kickstand. What this meant is that customers would not have to shell out money for additional accessories to prop the tablet up, since the tablet already have a built-in mechanism. That being said it seems that such a feature will not be making its way onto the Surface mini.
Just yesterday we caught wind that Microsoft would be holding an event on the 20th of May where they are expected to announce the Surface mini. The tablet will be smaller version of the Surface tablets and is rumored to feature a 7.5-inch display. Perhaps it is due to its diminutive size that a kickstand could not be built into it.
Instead Microsoft is expected to offer an accessory cover that will act as a kickstand, although we’re not sure if this is an accessory that will be sold separately or bundled. Assuming it is the former, perhaps customers won’t be pleased that they’d have to buy a special accessory just so they can prop their tablet up. Other details of the Surface mini includes possible Active Pen support, much like the Surface Pro, and is expected to ship by the end of June.
Other rumored specs that we have found out earlier suggests that the tablet will come with a 1440×1080 display, featuring a 4:3 aspect much like the iPad mini. It will also be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor meaning that we can expect Windows RT. Either take it with a grain of salt for now but check back with us on the 20th of May for the details.