Microsoft working on a 7 inch Surface device, hits mass production later this yearBy Ron on Thursday, Apr 11th, 2013 at 05:25AM
Back in January of this year during Microsoft's earnings call, Microsoft’s chief financial officer Peter Klein mentioned, “We’re working closely with chip partners and OEMs to bring the right mix of devices” and added that Microsoft is looking to “expand the product lineup” and provide “a greater variety of devices at a bigger variety of price points.
It looks like this promise of having an expanded product lineup is already under way. Microsoft is reportedly working on a new lineup of Surface tablets, including a 7 inch version expected to go into mass production later this year. No other details were revealed and Microsoft declined to offer a comment.
According the report, Microsoft wasn't planning on creating a 7 inch tablet last year but now things have changed. Microsoft realized they needed a response to the rapidly growing popularity of certain competitive devices, such as the Google 7-inch Nexus tablet and the iPad mini.
In regard to Surface products, Klein had originally said “We think of Surface as one part of the overall story. It highlights interesting innovation, and demonstrates tightly integrated software and hardware.” Klein admitted that Surface RT has seen “limited distribution this quarter”, but added that Microsoft’s goal is to "expand that” and is looking “forward to continuing the growth of that business.”
Looks like we will be seeing a 7 inch Surface device later this year, at least according to reports.