As per a report from the Verge, Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) has a 7-inch tablet centred on games called the Xbox Surface. Its hardware is very close to being confirmed.
Microsoft has recently entered the tablet and PC manufacturing game industry with Surface RT and upcoming Surface Pro. a smaller tablet totally makes sense. 7-inch tablets have gained much popularity recently. Even Apple has made a smaller tablet and released it recently. Microsoft has been able to keep up with the competitiveness in terms of price. However, it would be interesting to see how the company fares when the competition is with Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.
The report reveals that the tablet has chances of having an ARM processor. That could change the future of Intel SoC chipset. Ram will be custom ‘high bandwidth’ that is ideal for gaming. The OS would not be the full version of Windows but the report from Verge reveals that it also would not be Windows RT. the OS would actually be custom Windows kernel. That is possibly associated with building integration with the next-gen of Xbox software. However, it is also safe to believe that any Xbox tablet will maintain connections with Windows RT and Windows 8 because simplifying the development procedure has always been crucial for Microsoft.
The Verge does not clearly shed light on the probability of Xbox Surface of getting scrapped if Microsoft decides on releasing a more standard 7-inch Windows tablet. However, if things stay on track, it would be declared before the Xbox 720. This implies before E3, that is, before upcoming summer season.
As per some other leaks that were out in June include that the tablet will come with a resolution display of 1280 x 720, a slot for SD card and 7 hours of battery life.