When Microsoft announced its Surface Pro 3 back in May, everyone expected a new Surface Mini tablet to accompany it. Although we didn’t get one, it seems the device was (still is?) definitely a part of Microsoft’s plans. The Surface Mini has been mentioned numerous times in an official Surface Pro 3 user manual that was published online.
It’s been reported that Microsoft axed its plans to announce the Surface Mini just days before its May 20 event in New York City. It’s still unclear why that happened, or whether the device will be unveiled at a later date. But with no Surface RT part of Microsoft’s future plans, it seems feasible to think that the Surface Mini could take its place.
“You’ll pair your new pen with Surface Mini a little later during setup,” reads the Microsoft user manual, in reference to Surface Pen setup.
If the Surface Mini does come to fruition, it will probably be powered by Windows 8 RT and carry a comparably more affordable price tag enabling Microsoft to compete with rival tablets such as the iPad mini. The cheapest Surface Pro 3 will cost you a whopping $799, while last year’s Surface 2 starts at $449. The latest iPad mini, on the other hand, starts at just $399.