Microsoft could be the next tablet maker to enter the smaller-sized slate market. Not only is Microsoft rumored to release a tinier version of its flagship Surface, but this Surface Mini could come with the same gesture-recognition tech used in the Xbox Kinect sensor. WP Dang, a Chinese website said to be reliable when it comes to Microsoft leaks, reports that the Surface Mini will feature facial recognition and motion detection. The functionality should be similar to that of Samsungs Air Gestures, but Unwired View reports that the technology is supposedly more responsive than whats in the Galaxy S4 and Note 3. The Surface Mini will also reportedly ship with an 8-inch 1080p display and will run on an Intel Bay Trail CPU, meaning it could run on Windows 8.1 rather than Windows 8.1 RT. MORE: Apple MacBook Air (11-inch) vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 2: Face-Off Theres no telling whether or not Microsoft will actually launch a miniature Surface, but this isnt the first time weve heard about the companys perceptual tech plans for mobile devices. Last month Twitter account @evleaks, which has a strong track record with Nokia product leaks, reported that a forthcoming Windows Phone device will come with gesture detection. The functionality is expected to be part of Microsofts rumored Windows Phone 8.1 update, and a Nokia smartphone codenamed Goldfinger could be among the first devices to run on this software. If Microsoft does decide to launch a smaller-sized Surface, the report says it could come in Spring 2014 which would line up with the companys Build Conference scheduled in April. Stay tuned for details as they become available. via Unwired View Top Tablet Accessories Top 10 Tablets Top 8 Windows Tablet-Laptop Hybrids Copyright 2013 LAPTOP Magazine, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.