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Mr. Laz 06-18-2012 05:31 PM

Microsoft to Unveil Xbox Surface Tablet(s)
Microsoft to Unveil 7-inch Xbox Surface Tablet at Today’s Event?

Posted by iPhoneHacks on Jun 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

Few days back, we reported that Microsoft had sent an invite for a media event today. However, Microsoft didn't provide any other details about the event other than saying "This will be a major Microsoft announcement — you will not want to miss it".

It is being widely speculated that Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own Windows 8 tablet to take on Apple's iPad.

According to who claim to have received specs sheet from a source, Microsoft will unveil a 7-inch tablet controller along with Xbox hardware, which could be called Xbox Surface.

The purported tech specs reveals that the 7-inch tablet will be powered by an ARM processor from Texas Instruments for "Kinect workloads," as well as custom IBM engine for "scale out." According to the leaked specs it would come with a 1280x720 resolution display.

Microsoft was rumored to launch a Smartglass tablet at E3 show, but that didn't turn out to be accurate as Microsoft unveiled the impressive SmartGlass software that will provide users with additional information about a TV show, game, or other Xbox content on a second screen, like a tablet or smartphone. Microsoft has announced that it will be also releasing apps for iOS and Android.

We're assuming that in addition to being a controller for the Xbox, Xbox Surface or whatever it is called will also work as a full-fledged tablet. Experts believe that Microsoft is developing its own tablet to be able to compete with Apple's tight integration rather than entering the booming tablet market only through its traditional hardware partners.

Check out the leaked specs of the 7-inch tablet controller below, they look quite impressive.

BigMeatballDave 06-18-2012 05:34 PM


So, 1080p isn't Full HD after all.

Hydrae 06-18-2012 05:44 PM

I am following a live blog which is complete with pics...

Hydrae 06-18-2012 05:46 PM

1.5 lb Tablet, has a lower OS and also a Windows 8 Pro version.

Big item, full keyboard built into the cover, complete with touchpad.

SnakeXJones 06-18-2012 05:47 PM

Probably fail like the phone

Deberg_1990 06-18-2012 05:48 PM

Wow, welcome to 3 years ago Microsoft!

Mr. Laz 06-18-2012 05:49 PM Tablet PCs,
Microsoft one ups other tablet 'smart' covers with Surface's keyboard and touchpad folio

By Terrence O'Brien posted Jun 18th 2012 7:35PM
Breaking News

What's 3mm thick, crafted from the finest Polartec and attaches to a tablet magnetically? If you guessed an iPad smart cover you might be right, but right now we're pretty enamored with Microsoft's Surface cover. See, it works almost exactly like that other "smart" table shield, but this one actually earns it's smart moniker. When you peel the plastic shroud back it turns into a fully functional keyboard and touchpad. Obviously, being a thin plastic sheet the cover is relying on touch for key presses, not the actual depression of mechanical switches. So, while that means it's theoretically possible to touchtype on this bad boy, it remains to be seen just how pleasant of an experience it actually is. Our guess -- it'll be fine for quick emails and <strike>Google</strike> Bing searches, but we probably wouldn't have to write the Surface review on one.

Microsoft Surface Cover

BigMeatballDave 06-18-2012 05:50 PM


Originally Posted by Deberg_1990 (Post 8686892)
Wow, welcome to 3 years ago Microsoft!


QuikSsurfer 06-18-2012 06:00 PM

QuikSsurfer 06-18-2012 06:02 PM

and no pricing? lol

Deberg_1990 06-18-2012 06:03 PM


Originally Posted by Dave (Post 8686896)

I meant they are 2 or 3 years behind Apple trying to play catch up.

Mr. Laz 06-18-2012 06:07 PM


Originally Posted by QuikSsurfer (Post 8686917)
and no pricing? lol

to be fair, shelf release and price is usually the last info to break

QuikSsurfer 06-18-2012 06:09 PM


Originally Posted by Laz (Post 8686925)
to be fair, shelf release and price is usually the last info to break

Ehhh.. no pricing and no availability information... looks good though -- that cover is pretty ****ing awesome.

and before the haters jump in:
This won't make a dent in Apple sales... But Android tablet is in serious trouble.

morphius 06-18-2012 06:15 PM

I've thought is was a mistake from day one for MS to not link their phones to the xbox instead of their uninspiring computer os.

notorious 06-18-2012 06:25 PM


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