There’s been a lot of talk these days about a Surface Mini tablet from Microsoft. The company recently unveiled its next generation Surface tablets but did not mention a toned down version at all, so at this point in time it can’t be said for sure if Redmond really does intend to releasing a “mini” variant of its tablet. The latest rumor suggests that the tablet has been delayed until Spring 2014 as it will come with a Windows 8.1 update, called “Spring 2014 GDR,” pre-installed.

Apparently Spring 2014 GDR, or General Distribution Release, will align Windows 8.1 with Windows Phone 8.1, which is going to be the first substantial update made to the mobile platform since Windows Phone 8 came out last year. It is expected that Microsoft will launch Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 GDR, Windows Phone 8.1 as well as the Surface tablet, “on or about the same time,” in Spring next year. As far as the Surface Mini itself is concerned, it is rumored to have a 7.5 inch display with a resolution of 1,400×1,050. Reportedly priced under $449, the tablet is likely to have 3G/4G connectivity. Design language is expected to be similar to the full fledged Surface tablets. Microsoft has kept itself tight-lipped about the Surface Mini, it might take some time before it officially tells us about the tablet.

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