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WSJ: Microsoft is Planning a 7-inch Surface Tablet

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
    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
    I just want a surface pro 2 with better specs + cheaper price.
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  • dalethepcman
    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
    What did Tom's do to the comments section?
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  • littleleo
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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