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WSJ: Microsoft is Planning a 7-inch Surface Tablet

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Is Microsoft planning a micro-Surface?

Microsoft's Surface tablet hasn't been on the market for long but rumors of a next generation Surface have been doing the rounds for a while now. The latest comes from the Wall Street Journal, which claims Microsoft's new line of Surface tablets will include a 7-inch model. 

The Wall Street Journal cites people familiar with the company's plans that say Microsoft is working on its new line of tablets and that a 7-inch Surface is set to go into production this year. If true, it's not exactly surprising news. With 7-inch solutions from Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, and many more, Microsoft can't afford to be missing from such a popular category. Indeed, the Wall Street Journal's sources say Microsoft had no plans for 7-inch tablets last year, but that the company needed to respond to the growing popularity of smaller tablets.

Of course, if Microsoft is planning a 7-inch surface tablet, the company will need to seriously considering pricing for the device. The Surface and Surface Pro were both priced quite high. Despite the fact that they are full fledged computers, it's not hard to imagine tablet shoppers shying away from such steep prices in favor of lower-cost alternatives. After all, not everyone looking to buy a tablet is out to get something so powerful. In the 7-inch market, Microsoft is facing some stiff competition, especially when you consider the competitive price points of Google and Amazon's solutions.

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    sundragon , April 11, 2013 2:13 PM
    LOL, so the next Nexus, iPad Mini, and Samsung tablets can eat it's lunch... How about innovating something disruptive and bringing it to market... They did it with Windows a zillion years ago... sigh
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    fantasticles , April 11, 2013 3:00 PM
    I just want a surface pro 2 with better specs + cheaper price.
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    dalethepcman , April 11, 2013 3:04 PM
    Microflacid really needs to invest HEAVILY into a gesture interface company, and holography tech. Windows 8 is so painfully made for gesture interface, but the hardware doesn't exist yet. Bring me minority report interface windows 8.1, and restore the desktop for non touch systems.

    Selling a $500 7" tablet is not going to win them any customers. No more "Me too!" tech.
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    STravis , April 11, 2013 3:10 PM
    What did Tom's do to the comments section?
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    littleleo , April 11, 2013 4:22 PM
    Another Tablet flop for Microsoft in a 7" size this time. How much damage does this CEO Moron have to do to the company and the industry before he is fired? Anyone else would have been tarred and feathered and run out on a rail years ago. We should all stop buying any MS products until they fire his ass.
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    sundragon , April 11, 2013 5:21 PM
    Hi Toms, your comment section is all f*ed up! I tried to report spam and it says "Don't have permissions" I tried commenting on another article and the same error message... This site keeps getting worse
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    littleleo , April 11, 2013 5:22 PM
    Another Tablet flop for Microsoft in a 7" size this time. How much damage does this CEO Moron have to do to the company and the industry before he is fired? Anyone else would have been tarred and feathered and run out on a rail years ago. We should all stop buying any MS products until they fire his ass.
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    hector2 , April 11, 2013 7:32 PM
    I like the Surface Pro a lot but not at their high price. Needs to come down in price quite a bit to get me to buy it
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    godfather666 , April 11, 2013 9:20 PM
    This needs to be really cheap. It should sell for no more than $250. Otherwise, it's once again a guaranteed failure.
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    janetonly42 , April 12, 2013 6:04 AM
    LOL, no thanks MS and with STEAM on Linux now and OS X now I see a day when their will be none of your software in my house since I only use Windows 7 to game with.
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    yobobjm , April 12, 2013 6:38 AM
    The surface killed itself for a lot of reasons, but the main one was price, so if this isn't cheaper, they're screwed.
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    whiteodian , April 12, 2013 9:08 AM
    @STravis They Destroyed it. This is too little too late. If they want to beat out the cheaper Android based ones (Google and Amazon) and the high priced iPad mini, they need to be very competitive. $199 US or don't bother.
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    Non-Euclidean , April 12, 2013 9:17 AM
    Awesome! Now I can experience a really crappy OS in a new form factor!
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    inzone , April 12, 2013 9:48 AM
    Quote:
    Hi Toms, your comment section is all f*ed up! I tried to report spam and it says "Don't have permissions" I tried commenting on another article and the same error message... This site keeps getting worse


    If you want to report Spam or any other infraction then all you have to do is click on the report abuse link on the bottom left of every post. This is the best way as it sends a message to the Moderator Alert section which is under constant monitoring by the Moderators online.
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    vern72 , April 12, 2013 4:44 PM
    They should call it "Surface Zune".