Surface Pro 3 user guide makes many references to long-rumored smaller sibling
Microsoft was widely expected to lift the curtain on an 8-inch tablet called the Surface Mini at its special event in New York on May 20, 2014. While the event did go through as planned, the long-rumored tablet was nowhere to be seen. What the world got instead was a 12-inch Windows 8.1 tablet called the Surface Pro 3 and a bunch of reports that suggested the Mini had been abandoned by Microsoft at the very last minute.
“I know it [Surface Mini] exists. It was the primary announcement a month ago, delayed literally last minute,” wrote veteran Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott, who discovered the vestigial Mini references in the user guide, in a tweet Friday.