US-based tech company Microsoft has accidentally confirmed the existence of its elusive Surface Mini tablet in the user manual guide of its new Surface Pro 3.
Reports about the Microsoft Surface Mini have been appearing online since long, and it was rumoured to be launched in May 2014, but the Surface Pro 3 hit the market with no smaller version by its side. The company has never mentioned any plans to launch a Surface Mini slate, but the user manual guide of the new Surface Pro 3 User has several references to the smaller tablet.
There are several mentions in the user manual, such as “If you want to do more than take a quick handwritten note, unlock Surface Mini.”. “When you do, you’ll get the full functionality of OneNote.”. “Before you use your Surface Pen for the first time, you’ll need to install the AAAA battery. You’ll pair your new pen with Surface Mini a little later during setup.” Meanwhile another reference mentions the Surface Pen’s interaction with “your Surface Mini or Surface Pro 3.”
According to a recent report appearing on Bloomberg, Microsoft initially did not had any plans to launch the Surface Mini alongside the new-generation Surface Pro 3. But the company changed its mind after figuring out that the smaller tablet are not equipped with all the features required to be a successful product in an increasingly-competitive tablet market. Consequently, the company decided to stop the launch of the Surface Mini and launched the Surface Pro 3 alone instead.