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It is expected to go into mass production later this year

Joining the likes of Apple and Google, Microsoft is now also rumored to be making a 7-inch version of its first homemade tablet -- the Surface.

According to a recent report from Reuters, Microsoft is in the midst of creating a whole new batch of Surface tablets, which includes a 7-inch version. 

The 7-inch tablet is expected to go into mass production later this year.

Microsoft, which released its first Surface tablet on October 26, 2012, hasn't seen the sales success it expected. Last month, a Bloomberg source anonymously revealed that Microsoft had sold 1.5 million Surface tablets at that point. More specifically, the company had sold a little over a million Surface with Windows RT tablets (features the Windows RT version of Windows 8 specifically for ARM processors) and about 400,000 Surface with Windows Pro tablets (features the full version of Windows 8 and an Intel Core i5 processor). 

These figures missed analyst expectations of about 2 million Surface RT tablets in just the December quarter alone.

Microsoft launched Surface with Windows RT in October and Surface with Windows 8 Pro in February.

Microsoft likely wants to run with the big boys like Apple and Google in the tablet sector, and both have already released 7-inch tablets (which tend to be more affordable for consumers). Google's 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet was a hit at only $200 with a load of impressive features, and Apple released its 7-inch iPad mini for a little over $300 last November. 

However, Microsoft may want to steer clear of releasing any more Surface tablets with Windows RT, since the operating system has largely been a bust. RT-powered tablets have dropped significantly in price in some cases due to lack of consumer demand, and many hardware makers are looking to just clear the dead weight out of their inventory.  

Even analysts believe Windows RT will, at some point, just fade away. 

"I think you're seeing discounting based on user demand. I never thought RT was going to be that successful," said Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates. "RT will fade away over time. It's not a full Windows 8 experience. That said, why wouldn't I spend more and get a full Pro version of the device?" 

Source: Reuters

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RE: Before trolls jump in to say MS is crap
By Belard on 4/12/2013 10:51:41 AM , Rating: 2
Windows phones are kicking ass? Hmmm... That must be why they are selling them for $1 for most of them. HTC X going for $1-50 and the flagship 920 barely holding on to $100. When until a few weeks ago, the year old galaxy 3 was still a $200 phone.

Metro is a good phone GUI, I used to run it on my android 2.3 phone as a launcher. But with android 4.x, the limitations of metro is evident and I never felt the near to install the wp7/8 launcher on my new phone.

The whole win8/metro revamp from last year is supposed to feed itself, it makes sense. But in reality, Microsoft totally screwed up and it's killing itself. Win8 failure hurts winRT/phone8 sales... Because people are not buying a wp8 device and thinking ..." maybe I should a windows8 computer"

Had I been sold on windows8, I would have gotten a wp8 device... But I lost faith in Microsoft. So I stayed with android instead.

Metro is a good design, IMHO. I liked how it tells you info. But then again, my android 4.x phone also tells me info.

I liked the wp8 phones from HTC and Nokia. But even my friends who liked their wp7 phones have gone to android.

By Mitch101 on 4/12/2013 11:22:21 AM , Rating: 2
I can find tons of the latest Android phones for $1.00 so I find that to be a poor discussion. The Samsung is probably the only Android device worth owning.

I lost faith in Android having owned about 6 devices many of which were abandoned for updates months after release and have had to hard reboot many of them to get them to work but I keep an open mind because things change over time and I rather like the latest Android I have running of 4.1. Still I prefer Windows Phone because from day 1 its been rock solid never an issue. Ive never really been impressed with Apples devices they come in pretty packages but feel like the fisher price of OS's being too dumbed down for my liking. Apple really feels like I'm using Windows 3.1 Sorry if that offends Apple fans they certainly started all this smartphone war but they just aren't moving forward its still Windows 3.1 touch screened for me and its been how many years now? Apple feels old and dated.

I also wouldn't consider you using Windows emulator in old Android 2.3 as a real test of the Windows Phone OS and Windows Phone 8 is not Windows 8 but there is talk of a full blown Windows 8 on a phone.

Thats just the freedom of Windows all the best hardware like Android with a Rock Solid OS of Windows. Im sure someone will have a comment about that but reality when Microsoft has control of the hardware the OS is damn near perfect to perfect. Look at how stable the X-Box OS is. The windows phone os is even more stable.

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