Despite an Amazon Kindle Fire UK release date not being set yet, the tablet is creating a buzz on British shores. It was released in the US in November last year and, according to reports, 3.9m units were sold in the run up to Christmas.
Samsung has also seen miniature success in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note, a tablet and mobile phone all-in-one sporting a colour-rich 5.3-inch screen.
The device has sold over 5m units despite only being released a few months ago, and its follow-up, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, is expected to be unveiled at the IFA show in Berlin in August.
Although going miniature seems to be the new fad in tablet design, critics believe that Apple will buck the trend, according to MacWorld.
The late Apple boss Steve Jobs once famously dissed mid-sized slates during an Apple earnings call in October 2010, saying: “The 10in screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps. 7in tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone, and too small to compete with an iPad.”
““These are among the reasons that the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA -- dead on arrival,” he said.
iPad Mini: What specs will it have?
The controversial motherboard manufacturer Foxconn and the design and electronics manufacturer Pegatron, two of Apple’s most devoted iKit producers, have apparently already been briefed about the iPad Mini. They will, according to reports, be actively involved in the production of the device.
Whether the iPad Mini will function as a mobile phone remains to be seen, however, it is believed it will have a 7.85 inch display according to supply chain sources and also be thinner. Additionally leaked photos sent to MacRumors of the battery suggest it will sit between the iPhone 5 and iPad 2 battery capacities at 5.45 Watt-Hours.
Has the first iPad Mini case been outed?
Case manufacturers might not get their hands on the device ahead of everyone else, but they often have a good idea of the kind of dimensions we can expect to see. Step forward Hard Candy cases who have seemingly outed the first iPad Mini case. The rugged cover that is priced in $49.95 is set to be available in red or black, however the very same company jumped the gun on an iPhone 5 case, that didn't actually fit the handset. Have they got it right this time? Only time will tell...
How has Apple reacted to Microsoft Surface?
Although we all expected to see a batch of Windows 8 tablets arrive this year, none of us expected a Microsoft-branded slate. The software giant unveiled the Microsoft Surface tablet earlier this month, although a release date and price point is yet to be allocated.
The Windows 8-toting device measures in at 10-6 inches and sports a rugged Gorilla Glass 2 display. Also in the mix is a stunning 1920x1080p Full HD ClearType screen and a USB 3.0 connector. It will be available in two storage models: 64GB and 128GB.
What will the surprise release of the Surface mean for Apple? We’re yet to hear how the bods over at Cupertino have reacted to the news but we’ll update this post the minute we hear more.