Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will launch Surface Mini tablets poweredby QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) processors, according to a report from Bloomberg. The software giant will soon roll out its latest tablets which will supposedly take on the iPad Mini. Bloomberg reported that a Qualcomm-powered Surface would be the first such product. Until now, Microsoft has integrated NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) processors into its Surface and Surface Pro models.
Intel will also power new Surface models
Apart from QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)’s new Surface models, which are expected to launch on May 20, there will also be some powered by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), according to Bloomberg. Intel already powers the Surface Pro 2 with its Haswell chip and offers the more powerful and efficient quad-core Bay Trail Atom processor for tablets.
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In addition, Paul Thurrott of Windows IT Pro reports that the rumored Surface Mini tablet will come with Stylus support and integration of OneNote, which is Microsoft’s note-taking software. Bloomberg also reported that the tablet will be available with a click-in cover which will support multi-position kickstands.
Also Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) may launch new colors for the Surface Mini. Reports claim that the Surface Mini will have an 8-inch display screen running on Windows 8. Recently accessory manufacturer Vostrostone rolled out its smart cover and Bluetooth keyboard for the supposed Surface Mini 8-inch slate on Amazon. Also a report from ZDNet states that CEO Satya Nadella will launch the gadgets on May 20.
Microsoft needs to play smartly
Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V)’s Lumia 2520 is the only Windows RT-based tablet using a QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) processor, so these Surface tablets would be the next. The Qualcomm chip in the Lumia 2520 supports 4G / LTE capability on both Verizon and AT&T, and the new Surface Mini is also expected to be based on RT. Windows Surface tablets are not integrated with mobile broadband, however, in March, the company released a Surface 2 model with LTE solely on the AT&T network.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will have to change its outlook, cut the size of its tablets and launch a mini version if it wants to grab market share. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched the iPad Mini two years back, and all Android-powered tablets are small in size. Additionally, cost will play an important role with a range of sub-$300 mini Android and Windows-based tablets already available in the market.