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Report: Low Price 7.5'' Microsoft Tablet to Launch Next Year

By - Source: CNET | B 9 comments

Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a low cost tablet in Q1 2014 that will feature a 7.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 1050.

Last week, reports surfaced from Microsoft’s “upstream supply chain sources” that indicated that components have been shipped for between 1 and 1.5 million Intel-based units with screen sizes ranging from 7 to 9 inches. A report from NPD DisplaySearch and CNET has now indicated that a “future Microsoft tablet” will arrive next year that features a 7.5” panel with a resolution of 1400 x 1050, which approaches a pixel density of 233 ppi.

NPD analyst Richard Shim added that mass production would take place in Q1 2014 with a “pretty significant volume” of “multiple millions” that could “possibly start earlier at a lower level then ramp up to mass production in the first quarter.” We’re somewhat skeptical of this projection since Microsoft has only managed to sell 1.5 million Surface units so far (including 500,000 Surface Pros), and we expect that the company would be adopting a more cautious approach to its next generation of tablets.

Though Shim would not provide CNET with any comment on pricing, the site’s other sources have suggested a target price of $399, which could be further reduced since Microsoft is actively seeking to “cut down on the price on their devices” and is reportedly “looking for a touch solution that incorporates the panel and the touch module.”

Microsoft has so far refused to provide any comment on the rumor. Given that the company is well known for its "we don't comment on rumors and speculation" stance, we don’t expect to hear anything official at least until its BUILD Developer Conference, which takes place between June 26 and June 28, 2013.

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    eklipz330 , May 5, 2013 12:38 PM
    nope, waiting for a 7.55" tablet, sorry microsoft, you dropped the ball on this one.
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    BringMeAnother , May 5, 2013 1:18 PM
    This will all depend on what kind of internal specs it has. I hope it's a Haswell CPU, but most likely it will be an Atom CPU.
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    Espen Lund , May 5, 2013 1:21 PM
    Interesting, i like the screen resolution on the device. If i were to purchase a tablet, i'd rather go for a slightly bigger device. They need to make the Windows RT platform more appealing, might happen with the release of the next Xbox. (rumours of it running windows 8, metro but no desktop).
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    rwinches , May 5, 2013 1:30 PM
    With that res it will have to come with two accessories, a pocket microscope to read text and a backup battery pack.
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    Alma Finanz , May 5, 2013 1:38 PM
    Microsoft actually is doing quite fine and is not dead at all.
    You may check their financials at
    http://simplefinanz.com/microsoft-earnings-q3-2013/
    in a simple graphical form, easily readable.
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    pacomac , May 6, 2013 5:43 AM
    A 7.5" Windows tablet is way too small for running Windows 8. Sure it might be fine for some Metro apps, but there are so few of them and most are such poor quality. I struggle to run desktop apps on an 11" so can't see how such a small screen would ever work.
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    bllue , May 6, 2013 6:33 AM
    I always felt $399 should've been the price for the Surface. I played around with the device and it's better than I expected but price I think is the biggest reason for the minor success it achieved. I know I would've bought one at $399 but $599 is a bit too much.
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    hotice , May 6, 2013 6:54 AM
    Microsoft is crazy and a year late. Too bad the Nook HD just got the Google Play store. That makes it better if you ask me.
    Microsoft needs to drop Windows 8 x86, Windows 8 RT, Windows Phone, and just make software that they're good at like Office for Android and iOS.
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    jerryblack , May 6, 2013 9:16 AM
    Microsoft has a one year lag once again in terms of hardware. I bet it won't even have specs as good as the next-gen Nexus 7 announced at I/O soon. And it will be released only 2-3 months before the Nexus 7 3rd gen will be out, which of course will make it very obsolete.