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Surface Mini to be released in June

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    They don't really make any money off the ACTUAL physical tablets themselves, but it's all from their accessories like keyboards, chargers, wireless keyboard adapters and the such. It's much like with the Xbox, they don't make hardly dollars off the hardware, but they make it from Xbox Live and Xbox media passes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    Phablets are OUT - even the "Fanbois" admit these look stupid when making phone calls -- a phone maximum carryable screen size and still be considered a phone is probably the 5 inch S5.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Talk to the android crowd, it seems like every bloody new generation of handset is another inch bigger.

    God, the other day a coworker of mind had an LG Flex that apparently was in a leather case; I seriously thought that it was her wallet it was so damned massive. Why people think that's a good idea, I don't even know.

    People seem to want bigger phones and smaller tablets. I'm surprised no one has made a tablet that is a cross between Windows Phone's capabilities and Windows' capabilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    Now a PROPER writing device which would work almost as good as a sheet of paper with a pen would sway me too -- the writing surface must work just like a block of office paper and be CLEAR - whether this would be better as a tablet type screen or as a black and white e-ink type of surface I don't know -- I'd probably prefer an e-ink version with a slightly larger screen - remember if it's going to act as a note taker you don't have to carry this around in a pocket.

    I've been looking for decent electronic writing gear ever since wacom started producing their hardware - but never found these any use and immediately shifted back to "Old fashioned" paper again.

    Whether the screen is large enough also would be a moot point. Nice if it could be A4 size - but then that's hardly a Mini.

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    jimbo
    Out of all the touchscreens and stylus combos I've seen and personally used, the Surface Pro is quite impressive with its Wacom stylus. Pressure sensitive with palm block, greatest combination ever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    They don't really make any money off the ACTUAL physical tablets themselves, but it's all from their accessories like keyboards, chargers, wireless keyboard adapters and the such. It's much like with the Xbox, they don't make hardly dollars off the hardware, but they make it from Xbox Live and Xbox media passes.

    Come on, that's stretching it a bit don't you think? Do you really think they make enough off of keyboard sales to make up for the lose on the tablet? I buy that argument for the printer versus ink and razor versus razor blade scenario. How many keyboards are you going to buy? 1 or 2 maybe. I do believe the moneys made on games for the Xbox. The Surface isn't selling period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    They don't really make any money off the ACTUAL physical tablets themselves, but it's all from their accessories like keyboards, chargers, wireless keyboard adapters and the such. It's much like with the Xbox, they don't make hardly dollars off the hardware, but they make it from Xbox Live and Xbox media passes.

    Come on, that's stretching it a bit don't you think? Do you really think they make enough off of keyboard sales to make up for the lose on the tablet? I buy that argument for the printer versus ink and razor versus razor blade scenario. How many keyboards are you going to buy? 1 or 2 maybe. I do believe the moneys made on games for the Xbox. The Surface isn't selling period.
    A touch cover keyboard costs about 16 dollars to make. It retails for about 100 USD. Multiply that by 500,000 , that's about 43 million in revenue JUST from the touch cover. Their accessories cost a pretty penny so I wouldn't doubt that's where most of their revenue stream is coming from, low cost to build, high retail markup.

    Then there's the type cover...

    Money from the Xbox games is also where they get some money but it's not a whole lot. It's mainly subscriptions.
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    Agree little profit in the tablet itself but the accessories are a potential gold mine (read printer cartridges) its the old give um the razor then sell um the blades business
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    So people want bigger phones because other phones are too small. People want tablets, but they're too big to carry around. I remember Steve Jobs keynote and he presented the question on what's in the middle between a phone and a laptop. The answer was a tablet. Simple right? Now people are weird. The next question is, what's in the middle between a tablet and a phone? Well its obviously a Phablet. Capabilities of a phone, but feels like a tablet. Bigger yet smaller. Best of both worlds. Microsoft should already be thinking about this question, not make a Surface Mini. Good concept for Microsoft to think about, but maybe starting those copy machines is the best thing they can do.
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    Lol, Microsoft is making up for tablet losses selling keyboards...

    Even Paul Thurrott the biggest Microsoft fan in the world admits they are losing boatloads of money on the Surface.

    i know some people here are MS fanboys but get real...
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    i Think its A Good idea Releasing A Mini Surface
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  10. #20


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    Hi there.

    Why doesn't Ms "Outdo Redhat" !!! Redhat is a huge successful company servicing corporate Linux servers. Ms could get into this in a HUGE way -- by supplying an Enterprise variant of Linux like REDHAT or SUSE and then take contracts out to provide the Servers and the Virtualize clients desktops -- since Ms already has the Windows licensing in place this would provide income for YEARS and YEARS.

    They could also provide a free open source version of their Linux distro too - also possibly with some Windows virtual appliances.

    This way they get a HUGE planet wide testing facility while providing what is still a huge and continuing corporate market -- it's not unlikely that in a few years most largish businesses won't actually have much of an I.T dept at all -- facilities will be supplied by 3rd party providers.

    Perfect revenue stream for Ms and cheap testing facilities.

    (Any Ms CEO reading these Forums and need help on drumming up new Business -- PM me I'm available !!!!!!).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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