Xbox Surface 7-inch tablet detailed ahead of Microsoft event, Barnes & Noble not involved

June 18, 2012
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With just a few hours to go until the official Microsoft event that’s supposedly going to bring us a new entertainment-oriented tablet we have more rumors for you about this upcoming iPad and Android tablet competitor.

Earlier today, we talked about a TechCrunch report that claimed Microsoft’s tablet will not necessarily be a Windows machine and that the device will be a joint Microsoft-Barnes & Noble project. In the mean time, Barnes & Noble has officially denied the rumors, therefore the unnamed device that will be unveiled today appears to be a device made by Microsoft.

What’s even more interesting is that we now have a leaked product name for the tablet, right alongside a full specs sheet. According to CNET, the tablet will be called Xbox Surface, and the name, if real, is a clear indication that we’re looking at a tablet meant to entertain the crowds. Moreover, it’s also a confirmation that Barnes & Noble can’t be a partner in such a product since Microsoft would surely not want to share the Xbox brand with any third parties.

According to the leaked spreadsheet above, the Xbox Surface would be comprised of two components, the tablet and the “stationary computing device” or the Xbox. Here’s what the tablet component will have to offer:

  • 7-inch touchscreen LED display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • up to 7-hour battery
  • SD card slot
  • Custom IBM engine for scale-out workloads
  • 288MB RLD/RAM 2 at 533MHz DDR operation

And here are the main characteristics of the “stationary computing device:”

  • Two IMB Power7 SCMs, 6 active cores per SCM, running at 3.1GHz
  • 5GB DDR3 memory
  • custom 28-nanometer AMD GPU with 1.2GB GDDR5 memory
  • 250GB HDD
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • support for up to four wireless game controllers
  • 1 headphone port per wireless game controller
  • HDMI support
  • Ethernet port
  • HD video support
  • 64-bit audio processing
  • Dolby Digital 5.1

What’s interesting though is that the leaked specs sheet does not mention the operating system of this 7-inch Xbox Surface.But I wouldn’t be surprised to see Microsoft’s recently unveiled Xbox SmartGlass mobile app run on the device, no matter what OS will power it. Mind you, the details above as well as the name of the device have not been confirmed yet, so you’ll have to wait a few more hours before getting too excited about it. We’ll be back with more details about Microsoft’s first tablet once the company makes it official.

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