Microsoft is reportedly preparing a gaming tablet called the Xbox Surface, according to the technology website The Verge.
The device had been circulating in rumors for months now, and even has a set of partial technical specifications leaked back in June. The Verge, citing a source, states that the specifications are correct.
The Xbox Surface is expected to sport a 7-inch multi-touch LED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It will also come with 2.4GHz wireless standards, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity. The device will likely have a processor with a 3.1GHz frequency. These will be two IBM POWER7 SCMs, with 6 active core per SCM. There is also a 256 KB L2 cache per core and 2.6 MB of FLR-L3 cache per core. As for its RAM, the tablet is said to have 5GB of DDR3 RAM. Furthermore, the Xbox Surface will have an AMD custom 28 nm GPU. User memory is said to be 250GB, but this can be still expanded with the use of USB drives. The Xbox Surface will have an SD card slot, as well, that is able to read SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. As for its I/O connections, there will be 4 USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port, component video or HDMI and optical audio. Users can also have up to four wireless game controllers and a headphone port for each of said controllers. The tablet will also come with support for 48 KHz 24-bit audio. To ensure an immersive entertainment experience, Microsoft also includes Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD.
The Xbox Surface also supports various video output formats, such as 1440p, 1200p, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 720i, 576p, 576i, 480p, and 480i.
The Verge also reveals that Microsoft is using a hardware production process for its tablets that is different from the one it uses for the Xbox. The Xbox Surface tablet is allegedly going to be made by the same makers of the Xbox console.