The tablet will supposedly run a small Windows kernel rather than the full version of Windows that the 10-inch Surface tablet uses, and will work in conjunction with a "stationary computing device" that could be a next-generation Xbox, as outlined in another leaked Microsoft document from the summer. The Verge claims that the full console will be built by contract manufacturers like Pegatron and Foxconn, but that the tablet will be built by the same secret manufacturing process used for the Surface. The Xbox tablet would be released in 2013, ahead of a next-generation console. If true, a branded Xbox Tablet might serve as a cheaper, entry-level way into Microsoft's set of SmartGlass features, which extends the Xbox 360 gaming experience to full-fledged Windows 8 and Android tablets, and will soon also work on iOS devices as well. By marketing an Xbox Tablet as a companion gaming device for the home console rather than a more full-fledged computing tablet, it could help fill a low-end niche in the company's tablet line-up.
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