Astute mobile-tech readers probably won’t be surprised by the concept of a mini-tablet. Lockergnome contributor James Kendrick has touted the idea months ago and was one of the first gadgeteers to install the Tablet PC operating system on the ultraportable Sony Vaio U series.
It seems like this “mini” concept has finally hit Redmond, as Microsoft-Watch reports:
“Now it’s a mini-Tablet that can do everything that a traditional Tablet PC can do, plus store electronic books, that could end up as the new gadget on which Microsoft is betting to further Tablet PC momentum. A prototype of a new device — described by sources as a type of hybrid Tablet PC/eBook — has been making its way around the Microsoft Redmond campus, according to sources. The mini-Tablet, which measures about six inches by eight inches and features a digitizer, is just one of a number of new Tablet form factors expected to debut in the coming months.”
The Microsoft-Watch article provides some excellent insight on what we can expect from this form factor. Is anyone willing to bet me that James and Marc Orchant mention this on their next Tablet PC Show podcast? Anyone???