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Microsoft announces its own tablet, calls it "Surface"

Earlier at a press event in L.A., Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled their latest “œbig” device that will hit the market. A 10-inch tablet they call Surface.

microsoft surface

I find it surprising that Microsoft is now entering the hardware computing space when they’ve only been doing peripherals before, since they already have a long list of big brands to handle hardware development. Having the Surface PC will compete not only with Apple’s iPad but with other upcoming Windows 8 tablets as well.

Anyway, the Surface is here and Microsoft is showing the world how a Windows tablet should be made. There are two Microsoft Surface PC versions, an Intel-based tablet running on Windows 8 Pro and one based on the ARM chipset with Windows 8 RT.

microsoft surface kickstand

Both tablets have a 10.6-inch Gorilla Glass 2 display and a vapor-deposited (PVD) magnesium chassis with a built-in kickstand. Microsoft describes it as being “œrigid” yet “œlight” and feels “œnatural” when handling. There’s not much difference between the two in terms of design, just the physical size and weight of the device.

Here’s a specs comparison between the two models.

 Surface for Windows 8 ProSurface for Windows 8 RT
OSWindows 8 ProWindows 8 RT
Screen10.6" 1920×108010.6" 1366×768
ProcessorIntel Core i5 Ivy BridgeARM-based Nvida
Storage64GB, 128GB32GB, 64GB
Thickness13.5mm (0.53")9.3mm (0.36")
Weight903g (1.99lbs)676g (1.49lbs)
ConnectivitymicroSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennaemicroSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Pen supportYesNo
AccessoriesTouch Cover, Type CoveTouch Cover, Type Cover
Est. Price~$800+~$400-$600

A thing of note for those who are thinking about Windows 8 RT version and its ARM-based tablet. It’s similar to Android tablets in a way that it’s not a full-blown version of Windows 8. You can’t freely install your applications and games like you would on an Intel-based tablet running Windows 8. To make things simple, it’s like Apple’s iOS vs their Mac OS X.

microsoft touch type covers

Accessories initially available for the Surface include a Touch Cover which is very similar to the magnetic Smart Cover of Apple, but this one has a touch keyboard and touchpad on the inside as well. Type Cover on the other hand is a cover with depressable a keyboard.

As for availability, the Windows RT tablet will ship around the same time that Microsoft releases Windows 8 (expected in October), while the Intel-based Pro tablet will arrive about three months later.

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