Microsoft Seven-inch Surface Tablet to Compete with iPad Mini and Nexus 7

April 12, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

With the advent of high-end smart phones and tablet devices, personal computers have been consigned to oblivion.

The first quarter of 2013 saw customers turning their attention to tablet devices as they are cheaper and portable, forcing major hardware makers to rethink their strategy on tablets.

Even Microsoft has recorded a drop in PC sales. Recently, the company revealed its plans to introduce small screen tablets.

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Microsoft is now planning a seven-inch version of its Surface tablet which will see large-scale production from the third quarter of 2013. This tablet is expected to compete with similar-sized iPad mini and Nexus 7 from Apple and Google respectively.

Microsoft may also cut down the price of its Windows Software to enhance the sales of low-cost touch-screen devices running Windows software.

In October last year, Microsoft launched its 10.6-inch Surface RT tablet that runs on Windows RT and is powered by an ARM processor.

The company also introduced Surface Pro, which runs on an Intel processor.

Microsoft has sold about 900,000 units of the Surface, but failed to reach top five in tablet rankings.

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