Microsoft is building a 7-inch Surface tablet with mass production coming later this year (Updated)

Surface Tablet

Microsoft is building a 7-inch Surface tablet, The Wall Street Journal reports. It’s still uncertain what shape the new Surface will take, but thus far according to WSJ, it will be smaller than the current Surface models and the rumor has it that will go into mass production later this year.

The news comes in line to Microsoft’s recent changes on the Windows 8 guidelines, which now allows smaller screen resolution (1024 x 768). In the past we heard that the company was working on an Xbox branded 7-inch tablet, however The Wall Street Journal does not say anything about gaming capabilities in its report.

Apparently the move from Microsoft happened recently and it is aim to complete in the growing response on sales with devices like the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini — playing catch up? Probably –. More to the mix, the news appears in the middle of the raising concern that the PC industry isn’t doing very well, 13.9% down, according to the firm IDC.

Update: According to Paul Thurrott, a well-known Microsoft watcher, has noted that the folks at Redmond are planning a 8-inch Surface tablet and not a 7-inch devices as mentioned. However, we’ll have to wait until the BUILD Developer Conference to see if the company reveals more specific details.

Source The Wall Street Journal via The Verge

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