According to people who were familiar with the project, and who spoke to Bloomberg, the smaller Surface wouldn’t have been a hit as it didn’t stand apart from its would-be competitors. It was thought that the tablet would use Qualcomm processors, but Microsoft has now removed references to Surface tablets based on Qualcomm processors and used Intel chips for the Surface Pro 3 instead.
The head of the Surface division, Panos Panay, was interviewed after the Surface Pro 3’s announcement, but declined to talk about future products. Perhaps the smaller tablet will see the light of day at some point.
The Surface Pro 3 is now available in Best Buyand Microsoft stores in the U.S. and will be available in other North American retailers on June 20th. Other markets, including the U.K. and Australia, will have to wait until the end of August. The Core i3 model costs $799, the Core i5 model starts at $999, and the Core i7 variation costs $1,549. The top-line i7 modelwith a Core i7 processor, 512GB storage and 8GB of RAM will set you back $1,949.