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  • Microsoft Plans to take on iPad mini with Gaming-Focused "Xbox Surface" Tablet


    According to a new report from The Verge, Microsoft is preparing to launch its own 7-inch tablet, similar to the way Apple did with its iPad mini. Instead of the new tablet being a smaller version of its recently launched 10-inch Surface tablet, Microsoft is rumored to be working on a gaming-focused device running a scaled down version of Windows instead, titled “Xbox Surface.”

    The specs for the upcoming device were supposedly leaked back in June with the leak being considered accurate. The plans have since evolved though with some changes present:

    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 also said to be working on the project with strict secrecy, even going as far as locking down several buildings on its campus as it apparently brings teams on to develop games and other software for the device. Furthermore, Microsoft is also said to be planning for production of the device to take place at the same facilities being used for the larger Surface rather than using contract assembly companies such as Foxconn or Pegatron.

    With the iPad dominating the tablet market, this attempt seems like a desperate one from Microsoft but with the right specs and integration with the Xbox 360 console gaming and Xbox platform, the new tablet might just sway more dedicated gamers such as myself over. What are your thoughts of a gaming-focused Microsoft tablet?

    Source: The Verge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Plans to take on iPad mini with Gaming-Focused "Xbox Surface" Tablet started by Akshay Masand View original post
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    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Looks like the Airwaves went silent...!