Microsoft Working On 7-inch Gaming Tablet Called Xbox Surface

Back in June, Microsoft took most of the tech world (especially its OEM partners) by surprise by unveiling its own tablets called Microsoft Surface with a 10.6-inch display to take on Apple’s iPad and Android-based tablets.

The Verge now reports that according to their sources Microsoft is also working on a 7-inch gaming tablet called Xbox Surface.

Interestingly, few hours before Microsoft’s June event, there were speculations that the software giant was planning to launch the 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet. The Verge reports that the leaked specifications of the 7-inch tablet are accurate.

The Xbox Surface will likely include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM designed specifically for gaming tasks. We’re told these specifications could be altered to accommodate an unannounced Intel SoC and that the Xbox Surface is being developed independent of specific hardware architecture. Microsoft’s Xbox Surface won’t run a full version of Windows, rather this 7-inch tablet will run a custom Windows kernel. Messaging and other tablet functions may be supported, but the focus is on gaming.

Here’s a screenshot of the specifications from our June post:

According to the report, Microsoft plans to manufacture the Xbox Surface tablet and the next generation Xbox console dubbed “Xbox 720″ in the same factory.

It remains to be seen when Microsoft will launch the 7-inch tablet. Would you be interested in gaming focussed 7-inch tablet?

[via The Verge]

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  • http://twitter.com/Xepty1 Сергей Игоревич

    Up to 7 hours? Thats ridiculous

    • mkimid

      ha ha ha… more than 10LB device ~ to running for 7 hours with full power ~ ^^

  • Glen

    Will be a complete failure

    • Que

      Lol. I bet you can relate, Glen.

      • moe22

        LOL^^^

  • Zangpakto

    Awesome, so long as bethesda get on board… Then again screw them… They fell into the trap when everyone loved oblivion when it was sub par, they should be hanged for disgracing older fans of their company… So MS, I hope they get a custom RGP for it NOT by bethesda…. =_=

  • M A Rivera

    I hope that this gets bigger than iPad, so that Apple would have more motivation to create quality product just like in the past…

    • moe22

      you are right… why did you leave steve.

      • Maxilus

        yes.. I miss him now. His great innovation and creativity lead us to happy life.

      • M A Rivera

        You know… Now Apple to me is beginning to act like any other money making company…

  • mkimid

    Why they want to add just 7″ LCD on desktop game console ?

    380W AD2DC power supply has included, weight should be around 0.7LB
    and, power rate should be higher than 120W.
    To running ONE HOUR, they need around 1.5LB battery.

    Just a joke.. ^^

  • mkimid

    I think, they put the desktop console, and streaming the game screen to the tablet device. hm, exactly, Reverse way from AirPlay ^^

  • Maxilus

    Apple currently is not doing as it should be. ;(

  • fred

    no