We might be starting to learn why Nokia allegedly scrapped its own 8-inch tablet: perhaps Microsoft was already working on something better. While we’ve already heard that Microsoft has some interest in launching a smaller Surface tablet early next year, the latest rumors paint a clearer picture of what it might offer consumers.
According to Chinese site WPDang, Microsoft is working on an 8-inch Surface Mini with an Intel Bay Trail processor, a full 1080p HD display and even sensors that should allow consumers to interact with the device by gesture, similar to what Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect device enables. The tablet will also run Windows RT, though WPDang warns it may have a new name by the time the Surface Mini hits the market. Industry insiders have suggested Microsoft is poised to merge its Windows Phone and Windows RT systems into one operating system that’s built for both phones and tablets.
We don’t know when we’ll see the alleged Surface Mini 2, though with discussions around Windows Phone and Windows RT expected during Microsoft’s Build 2014 developer conference in April, that’s our guess for when we’ll hear more.