A new rumor is breathing life into Microsoft’s much-awaited Surface mini tablet.

Microsoft’s “Surface Mini is back in production, in anticipation of a summer release,” writes long-time, often reliable mobile news leaker @evleaks.

Speculation over Microsoft’s iPad mini competitor began last year and was bolstered by leaked product images on Amazon posted by Chinese electronics store Vostrostone. But contrary to numerous reports, Microsoft did not launch a smaller Surface tablet during the May 20 unveiling of the Surface Pro 3. And shortly after, we explained why Microsoft may have delayed the launch of a petite Surface tablet.

We’ll find out if the device has legs soon, as only one report suggests it’s currently in production. Until then, take this rumor with a grain of salt, even if @evleaks has a history of credible leaks.

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