A new report claims that Microsoft has already started work on a 7-inch gaming tablet set to be branded the ‘Xbox Surface’.
Similar rumors regarding an entertainment-focused tablet did the rounds in the run-up to the unveiling of Microsoft’s Surface tablet back in June, but now sources ‘familiar with plans within Redmond’ have told The Verge that Microsoft is working on the ‘final implementation’ of a 7-inch gaming tablet.
The same sources added that the tablet, to be dubbed the 'Xbox Surface' will carry the same specs as mentioned in June, meaning gamers can expect a 7-inch 1280 x 720 resolution screen, a custom ARM-based Texas Instruments processor clocked at 3.1GHz, 250GB of storage, 5GB of RAM and connections for HDMI and USB 3.0.
Users should also be able to connect to four wireless Xbox controllers, if the leaked spec sheet is to believed.
Furthermore, it has been claimed that rather than running a full version of Windows 8, the Xbox Surface will instead feature a custom version of the same Windows Kernel, which should bring about some non-gaming tablet functions including messaging.
An unannounced Intel system-on-chip could also turn up in the tablet, according to the rumors.