Xbox Surface tablet with 7-inch display in works, reports say

The tablet would use an ARM processor

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

Iconia W510

Acer

Windows

$499

11/09/12

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.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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