Rumors have been circulating for some time now that Microsoft was thinking about making a smaller Windows RT tablet, and earlier this week those rumors coalesced into a new form.
Digitimes is sharing a trio of rumors today (here, here, here) that might tell us a lot about Microsoft's next tablet. Naturally these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, but I feel they have a good chance of being true.
According to Digitimes' sources, the new MS Surface tablet is going to use a 7.9" screen, possibly one made by Samsung. The sources report that LG Display and other firms aren't yet e included in the panel supplier list for the new device. No screen resolution was mention in the rumor, which I would think was the most important detail.
This theoretical 8" tablet is also rumored to cost between $250 and $300. The manufacturer is said to be Pegatron Technology, and the new Surface tablet is also rumored to be running on Nvidia's Tegra CPU. That would fit with the specs of the full-sized 10.6" Surface RT tablet, which is also using a Tegra CPU.
And last but not least, this tablet is rumored to launch in June. Microsoft is also rumored to be launching a new 10" Surface tablet in the third quarter.
So are any of these rumors true? I don't know, but I was expecting an 8" Surface tablet, and the price and rumored specs are certainly not outside the realm of possibility. These rumors certainly could be true, even if only by accident.
One detail that I have noticed is that the blogosphere has shown relatively little interest in the 8" Surface tablet. When rumors circulated that other tablets like the iPad or the Kindle Fire might be released in a new size, many tech blogs took a few minutes in Photoshop to make a mockup render showing the rumored tablet. That has not yet happened for the new 8" Surface RT tablet.
If I were Microsoft, I would be worried. The lack of interest in the blogosphere equates to a lack of buzz, and that will affect sales.