Could the 7-inch Surface tablet be Xbox themed?


April 10, 2013

Does a new report about a 7-inch Surface tablet sync up with an old rumor about an Xbox Surface tablet?

Does a new report about a 7-inch Surface tablet sync up with an old rumor about an Xbox Surface tablet?

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Microsoft’s Surface tablets have been a mixed bag. The Pro version is a beast of a tablet, with slick hardware and Ultrabook power. But the RT model has a barren app selection and a confusing, bipolar operating system. With this less-than-stellar launch, it’s no surprise that Microsoft has something new in the oven: a smaller 7-inch Surface tablet.

The scoop comes from the Wall Street Journal, who spoke to “people familiar with the company’s plans.” Those leaky sources stated that a 7-inch Surface is on Microsoft’s menu, and will go into production later this year.


You know what else Microsoft is putting into production later this year? A new Xbox. Back in early November, word leaked that Microsoft was working on a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet. Are we talking about the same thing here?

The WSJ story doesn’t mention Xbox. The Xbox tablet could have been scrapped. It could have been a bogus rumor or a separate device. Or maybe it’s just a regular Surface tablet with a few extra Xbox goodies.

But a Surface/Xbox slate could make sense. We’re talking syncing with the new console – not just for games, but media of all kinds. Start watching something on your TV, pick it up on your tablet. Stream games locally. Lots of cool stuff that could benefit Microsoft and its customers.

It also provides a halo effect (not to be confused with a Halo effect). Make the tablet an essential companion to the Xbox 720 (or whatever it’s called), and Microsoft succeeds in tying the struggling Surface brand with its extremely-successful Xbox brand. That’s a win for Microsoft no matter how you look at it.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Will Shanklin Will Shanklin is Gizmag's Mobile Tech Editor, and has been part of the team since 2012. Before finding a home at Gizmag, he had stints at a number of other sites, including Android Central, Geek and the Huffington Post. Will has a Master's degree from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor's from West Virginia University. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica. All articles by Will Shanklin

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