Microsoft has yet to announced a next-generation Surface tablet. But a few weeks after reports surfaced suggesting that the next Microsoft Surface would have a 7 inch screen, there’s word that the company might be going with a slightly more unusual (but still portable) size.
CNET reports there’s evidence that the new Surface tablet could have a 7.5 inch, 1400 x 1050 pixel display.
That suggestion comes from NPD DisplaySearch, which says supply chain sources are getting ready to mass produce display panels based on that specification.
Most tablets on the market right now have 10.1 inch, 9.7 inch, 7.9, or 7 inch displays, although there are some other screen sizes in the wild. But this would be the first tablet I’m aware of to feature a 7.5 inch screen with 233 pixels per inch.
Microsoft’s no stranger to ordering custom panels though. The Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets each feature 10.6 inch screens. That’s not exactly a common screen size either.
It’s not clear how much Microsoft would plan to charge for a 7.5 inch Surface tablet, what kind of processor or other specs it will have, or if this is even anything more than a guess on the part of NPD DisplaySearch. But if Microsoft follows market trends at all, it’s likely that a smaller tablet would be cheaper than the company’s larger models.