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When the Surface RT launched on Oct. 26, there was commentary that Microsoft was missing out on a major opportunity by not releasing a smaller-sized tablet as competitors Apple, Google and Amazon had done around the same time. Microsoft may be working to remedy that complaint, however, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft is working on a 7-inch tablet, citing unnamed sources. According to the report, the move was made in reaction to the market shift, as consumers have rapidly adopted smaller-screened tablets from Microsoft's aforementioned competitors.

Last year, shortly after the launch of the Surface RT, a report claimed Microsoft is working on a 7-inch gaming tablet called "Xbox Surface." Leaked specifications that accompanied the report indicated the device would use a custom ARM processor and 5GB of high-bandwidth DDR3 RAM, which would be an improvement on the strategy used with Surface RT, which launched with a dated Tegra 3 ARM chip.

The report also claimed the tablet would run a custom version of the Windows kernel that would feature an interface emphasizing entertainment services such as games, music, movies and television shows. While the Xbox Surface is said to support certain standard tablet functions such as email, it was reportedly designed to emphasize Microsoft's expanding entertainment services.

No additional information has since been released about the Xbox Surface, however, as Microsoft reportedly built its own factory to build Surface tablets, possibly in an effort to halt information about new devices from leaking to the press.

Microsoft is rumored to be hosting an event for the next-generation Xbox gaming console's announcement on May 21.

Source: The Wall Street Journal



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Why is the 7 inch tab the new "it" thing?

I like at least 10 inches on a tab and 4-5 for a phone. My Galaxy Note has about a 5 inch screen and it still fits in my pocket so it works great as a phone and a mini tab. But 7 inches is too big for a pocket and not big enough to be a serious tablet.



kain_kusanagi said:
Why is the 7 inch tab the new "it" thing?

I like at least 10 inches on a tab and 4-5 for a phone. My Galaxy Note has about a 5 inch screen and it still fits in my pocket so it works great as a phone and a mini tab. But 7 inches is too big for a pocket and not big enough to be a serious tablet.


I agree. A decent sized phone and a 10 inch tablet suits me fine.  7 inch tablets aren't attractive to me at all. 



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They should just release an xbox tab. It would destroy the PSV and should be quite competitive with current android tabs.

kowenicki said:
kain_kusanagi said:
Why is the 7 inch tab the new "it" thing?

I like at least 10 inches on a tab and 4-5 for a phone. My Galaxy Note has about a 5 inch screen and it still fits in my pocket so it works great as a phone and a mini tab. But 7 inches is too big for a pocket and not big enough to be a serious tablet.


I agree. A decent sized phone and a 10 inch tablet suits me fine.  7 inch tablets aren't attractive to me at all. 


I disagree. I rather have a small cell phone and a 7 inch that I can also use as a nice ebook reader while holding it in one hand.



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Damn i have to save some money.

With the first two not selling well, what MS really needed was a third form factor to support.

Also, MS PR leading up to the RT was that Tegra was awesome and would let MS do everything they wanted. And now it's dated? Make up your minds MS, is the RT a good buy or not.



will this thing even sell. i know there 10 tablets are not selling well why make a 7 inch lol

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I think MS is gonna the wrong with their tablets.. Sure they have great specs and well build but they seem to forget that for 90% of the people the current tablets are good enough.. Making cheaper with mid range specs should be the way for them.. Even this one sounds expensive with 5gb of ram

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I don't think size is the problem with Surface....

Anyway this is the 3rd rumored Xbox product we know about.

Xbox 360 mini
Xbox 720
Xbox Surface

How in the hell cant they launch all these new products successfully?

OT: Since when is DDR3 high bandwidth? What kind of RAM does the iPad or Kindle use?