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7-inch Windows Tablets May be Coming Down the Pipeline

by Todd Haselton | March 29, 2013March 29, 2013 7:30 am PDT

Microsoft Surface Pro VS RT Screens

Microsoft recently updated its hardware guidelines for Windows 8 to now support devices with a resolution of 1024 x 768, ZDNET’s Ed Bott discovered. Ultimately, that means we may see smaller displays. Right now Microsoft’s hardware partners need to provide a display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, and Bott suggests that this means it’s entirely possible for manufacturers to develop 7-inch Windows tablets now, since that’s a popular resolution in the smaller tab space.

Microsoft could do well in the 7-inch tablet space where it would fight against rivals Samsung, Apple, Asus, Amazon and other firms, all of which have sub $300 tablets that are relatively well known among consumers. The Redmond-based company’s Surface RT and Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablets haven’t been exactly flying off of store shelves, and perhaps a lower-priced tablet could start garnering greater consumer interest.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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