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New images of Microsoft’s cancelled Mercury tablet leak out

New images of a compact Lumia tablet made by Microsoft have leaked out. Codenamed Mercury, the device features a colorful polycarbonate shell like other Lumia devices, plus a full version of Windows. Sadly, you’ll never get your hands on it.

We first got a glimpse at a blue Mercury way back in November 2015, just over two years after Microsoft acquired Nokia’s hardware business for $7.16 billion, but we knew very little about it at the time. Now WindowsBlogItalia has obtained new images of an orange model, as well as some surprising details about its specifications.

With a 7-inch display, Mercury was designed to compete with the likes of the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini. Unlike other entry-level Windows tablets of the time, however, it was built to run a full version of Windows 8.1 — not Windows RT. It was powered by an Intel Atom Z3795 processor clocked at 1.6GHz and up to 2GB of RAM.

Unfortunately for those who like compact tablets, Mercury was cancelled before it ever made its official debut. It’s still not clear why Microsoft scrapped it, but there are several reasons that could have been behind the decision — one of which is the rumored Surface Mini tablet, which was also cancelled.

It’s possible Microsoft just decided compact tablets wouldn’t survive — especially when powered by Windows, which is better with a bigger display. Recent iPad mini sales are proving that demand for smaller tablets is falling now that the novelty has worn off and larger smartphones are becoming increasingly popular.

Would you buy a 7-inch tablet powered by a full version of Windows?


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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