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Microsoft Working on Gaming-Focused 'Xbox Surface' 7-Inch Tablet

Just as Apple's iPad mini joins the market of smaller tablets with displays of 7-8 inches, The Verge reports that Microsoft is preparing to launch its own 7-inch tablet. Interestingly, rather than simply being a smaller version of its just-launched 10-inch Surface tablet, the forthcoming "Xbox Surface" tablet will be a gaming-focused device running a scaled down version of Windows.


Alleged specs for the device leaked back in June, and The Verge now says that the leak was indeed accurate at the time, although the company's plans have continued to evolve.
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.
Microsoft is said to be operating in strict secrecy on the Xbox Surface project, locking down several buildings on its campus as it apparently brings teams on to develop games and other software for the device. Microsoft is said to also be planning for production of the device to take place at the same dedicated facilities being used for the larger Surface rather than using traditional contract assembly companies like Pegatron or Foxconn.

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25 months ago
Newer Microsoft logo for article:
Rating: 47 Votes
25 months ago
Anything to do with Xbox is worth reading. Microsoft has a gold mine and imo the best console on the market.

Edit: lol ***** I forgot whenever the words "best console" and "Xbox" are in the same sentence PS3 owners go into an instant rage xD
Rating: 23 Votes
25 months ago
wtf does this have to do with Mac?
Rating: 23 Votes
25 months ago
get with the program.
Rating: 21 Votes
25 months ago
Xbox U? :rolleyes:
Rating: 16 Votes
25 months ago

Anything to do with Xbox is worth reading. Microsoft has a gold mine and imo the best console on the market.


HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

Thanks for the laugh :)
Rating: 15 Votes
25 months ago
This blind Apple fandom is getting childish. (As is the MS bashing).
Rating: 15 Votes
25 months ago
Too much fragmenting in their line. Windows RT, Windows 8, now another Windows tablet that's just a game machine? Makes no sense.
Rating: 11 Votes
25 months ago

Microsoft? are they still around?


MS is starting to make a push. And putting out some quality products.

I will not be surprised to see more of them in the near future.
Rating: 9 Votes
25 months ago

Anything to do with Xbox is worth reading. Microsoft has a gold mine and imo the best console on the market.


I was under the impression that the PS3 is the best console, but because so many people have the 360, the Xbox is the better machine to get if you want to play online with friends.
Rating: 8 Votes

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