Back in June this year rumor about a third Microsoft Surface tablet arose. While the Surface RT and the Surface Pro are both 10 inch tablets, this one was rumored to be a 7 inch device and to top that off it was said to be named Xbox Surface, indicating a 7 inch gaming tablet from Microsoft.
The Surface RT tablet is already out now, with the Surface Pro scheduled to be launched sometime in January next year and now The Verge is reporting that Xbox Surface not only exists but will actually make its debut sometime during the summer of next year, before the next generation Xbox console is released.
“Microsoft is building its own 7-inch gaming tablet. Multiple sources familiar with plans within Redmond have confirmed to The Verge that initial hardware planning for an Xbox Surface is underway,” The Verge reports.
Sources have told the tech site that the specifications that came out in June are the ones to look forward to, but the ARM processor could get swapped with one from Intel in the final production version. The report also states that Xbox Surface will operate on neither Windows RT nor Windows 8, but will instead get a custom Windows kernel to distinguish it as a gaming tablet. Other tablet functionalities will, however, be retained.
It will, however, be wise not to keep our hopes high just yet as there are chances that the Xbox Surface tablet could get shelved and make place instead for a regular Windows RT 7 inch tablet.
Below are the specifications that were revealed earlier.
- 7.0 inch multi-touch LED display
- screen resolution 1280 X 720
- 2.4 GHz wireless standards, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
- 7 hours of battery life
- SD card slot
- Custom IBM engine for scale-out workloads
- 288 MB RLDRAM 2, at 533 MHz DDR operation
- Two IBM POWER7 SCMs 6 active cores per SCM
- Frequency: 3.1 GHz
- 256 KB L2 cache per core
- 16 MB PSRAM
- Enhanced cache mode (TurboCore)
- VMX/VSX support
- 5 GB DDR3 LRDIMM main memory, at 800 MHz
- Custom 28 nm GPU by AMD
- GCN Architecture
- Engine frequency: 795 MHz
- 1.2 GB GDDR5 memory
- Full Direct3D 11 support
- HLSL Shader Model 5 support
- One 250 GB 2.5″ SCSI 10K rpm disk drive
- Storage can be expanded via USB drives
- Support for up to four wireless game controllers
- 1 headphone port per wireless game controller
- 4 USB 3.0 ports
- Component video/HDMI
- Optical audio (S/PDIF)
- Ethernet port
- Dolby Digital 5.1
Source: The Verge