Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Fights Back with Surface

Microsoft, a long-dormant competitor in the tablet space has just made a huge leap with its new tablet called Surface. It consists of 2 versions, one with an ARM processor and one with an Intel x86 counterpart.

If you ask me, they look absolutely amazing and they both will run Windows 8 (RT and Pro version respectively). Personally, I would love to get my hands on one. Speaking of launch, the launch price and details are sketchy but we do know that launch for the RT version will be at Windows 8 launch and will cost as much as a regular tablet. The Pro version will launch 3 months after that and will cost roughly the price of an ultrabook. What I love the most is the kickstand. It’s such a beautiful and elegant design and yet no one came up with this so far. The level of engineering that seems to have gone into these is just phenomenal. Specs can be found below:

Surface for Windows RT tablet

  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
  • Weight: 676 grams
  • Thickness: 9.3 millimetres
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD capacitive touch panel
  • Battery: 31.5Wh
  • I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
  • Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
  • Availability: “Around” the Windows 8 launch (fall 2012)
  • Pricing: To be determined

 Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
  • Weight: 903 grams
  • Thickness: 13.5 millimetres
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) capacitive touch panel
  • Battery: 42Wh
  • I/O: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Software: Windows 8 Pro
  • Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Pen with Palm Block
  • Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
  • Availability: “Three months after” the Windows 8 launch this fall
  • Pricing: To be determined

Source: Engadget

The keynote video can be found here

Initial impressions seem to be very positive and I for one am really looking forward to this

[quote]……the Surface really is as rigid and lightweight as Microsoft’s executive team promised us it would be. The magnesium casing makes it wholly inflexible, and we mean that in the best possible way. As thin and light as it is (9.3mm / 1.49 pounds), there isn’t a hint of giving in the whole chassis. Were it not for fear of scratching that 10.6-inch display (HD on the RT model, Full HD 1080p on the Pro), we wouldn’t have too many qualms about accidentally dropping it: the magnesium is as smooth and scratch-resistant as it is sturdy. Heck, even the display is coated in second-generation Gorilla Glass, so maybe we shouldn’t handle this thing with kid gloves. Bonus: the whole package seems relatively impervious to fingerprints — at least on the rear. And remember, this is after dozens of tech writers put their curious paws on it……[/quote]

Source: Engadget

[quote]….For the first time, I can really see a tablet replacing a notebook as my primary computing device. Before today, I couldn’t say that with any real conviction – I tried it with the iPad on multiple occasions, and it just didn’t work. I’m a writer, tablets aren’t ideal for writing. Surface changes that in a big way. And that’s really what Microsoft is going for here – a device that fits into your life as a versatile tool to do anything you want it to. Whether they’ll succeed in capturing the market is a story that will be told after Surface launches alongside Windows 8 later this year, but for now, this is a very promising start…..[/quote]

Source: AnandTech

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