New rumours about Microsoft's upcoming smaller-screen Surface 2 tablet point to a 7.5-inch slate on its way from the Redmond crew.
The word comes from NPD DisplaySearch, which also reckons that Microsoft's 7.5-inch slate won't hit until 2014.
But when it does land, NPD's supply chain sources say it'll be kind of a big deal. They say it will land with an iPad Mini-beating 233ppi pixel density (1400x1050 resolution) and analyst Richard Shim said, "Mass production is Q1 2014. Apparently, pretty significant volume. Multiple millions."
He's clearly not a man to mince about with unnecessary words. As usual with analyst supposition, we're not entirely sold on this information - and we've already heard conflicting rumours, to boot.
Set phasers to skepticism
Last month, the WSJ reported that its Microsoft insider confirmed that the company is working on a 7-inch tablet for launch by the end of this year.
In November last year, we also heard tell of a 7-inch gaming slate dubbed the Xbox Surface in the works, and Digitimes has also been in on the action with the catch-all report that Microsoft is working on both 7- and 9-inch tablets for a June reveal.
June being when Microsoft holds its annual Build conference, of course, and we're all hoping for a Microsoft Surface 2 to launch alongside Windows 8.1 aka Blue.
Whether that will be a cheaper 7-inch edition or something more in line with the existing 10.6-inch Surface, we'll just have to wait and see.