Microsoft is building a 7-in. mini Surface tablet focused on gaming, possibly called the Xbox Surface, according to various reports.
The device would likely run a custom ARM processor with fast RAM for gaming or possibly an Intel System on a Chip, according to The Verge on Tuesday. The Verge quoted multiple sources familiar with Microsoft's plans.
Microsoft officially announced its Surface RT running on an ARM chip on Oct. 25, with a starting price of $499 for a 32 GB version. It has a 10.6-in display with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution.
The Xbox Surface would not run a full version of Windows, but would support messaging and some other tablet functions, according to reports.
Microsoft declined to comment on the reports.
More tablet info
The table below shows the most recently announced tablets as reported by Computerworld. Click a tablet's name in the leftmost column to read a news story or review with more information about the device, or view a larger table with more details about each product.
|Tablet||Mfr.||OS||Starting price ($US)||Ship date/est. ship date||Notes|
|Vivo Tab||Asus||Windows||$799||Price includes keyboard dock|
|Vivo Tab RT||Asus||Windows||$599||Windows RT. Optional keyboard dock for $199|
|Kindle Fire HD||Amazon||Android||$199||9/14/12|
|ThinkPad Tablet 2||Lenovo||Windows||$629||10/26/12|
|ElitePad 900||HP||Windows||Easily disassembled, SIM card slot|
|Transformer Pad TF300TL||Asus||Android||$449|
|IdeaTab A2109||Lenovo||Android||$299||8/30/12||1280 x 800 resolution|
|XPS 10||Dell||Windows||Windows RT|
|Xperia Tablet S||Sony||Android||Waterproof|
Table created by Computerworld staff using Zoho Creator.
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