In its quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, Microsoft finally acknowledged the rumored Surface Mini tablet. “Cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor,” Microsoft said in its release.
The Surface Mini was supposed to be Microsoft’s answer to the iPad mini, the Galaxy Tab, the Nexus 7 and countless other mid-sized tablets. The company even sent out a press invite for a “small gathering” hinting at the new device, but when the event arrived, the Surface Pro 3 was the only model introduced. The Surface Mini made one more appearance by name in the larger tablet’s user manual, essentially confirming Microsoft cancelled the device at the last minute.
Perhaps Microsoft just ultimately decided that it will let its partners ship smaller devices, instead. Lenovo, for example, just promised to launch a new 8-inch tablet later this year.