This week is all about the Microsoft BUILD 2013 conference, that unveiled some interesting details about Windows 8.1. Rumors are floating around about a possible new Surface announcement, but till then we have a bunch of new tablet formats confirmed for Windows 8.


During a session taking place yesterday at Build, one related to building apps for multiple screen sizes, Microsoft showed off some new supported resolutions and diagonals in Windows 8.1. The list includes some very interesting sizes, such as 10.6 inch with a 2560 x 1440 res, while the Surface Pro tablet comes with a 10.6 inch with a Full HD resolution, so a possible upgrade is coming.

There’s also a 7 inch Full HD screen listed and even an intermediary 7.5 1440 x 1080 slate. It’s interesting that there’s no mention of 8 inches, in spite of the Acer Iconia W3, that already exists. What do these mean? Well, Microsoft’s OEM partners are expected to ship smaller devices, at lower price points and with higher resolutions to compete with the likes of the iPad Mini 2 and Nexus 7 2.