Microsoft as it mentioned before, had just announced their own tablet, named Surface, which blurs the line between tablets and ultrabooks. The 10.6″ slate features simplistic design and compact measures, while offering a full-blown Windows 8 experience.
Microsoft’s latest creation will be released in two diffrent versions. The entry range will runs Windows RT for ARM based chips, while the fully tricked out version will be running Windows 8 Pro. Both versions will pack a 10.6-Inch display as mentioned above. The one found in the Windows 8 Pro version however, will be a full HD unit.
Here’s a brief review of the specs sheets, Pricing and availibility :
Surface for Windows RT tablet
- Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
- Weight: 676 grams
- Thickness: 9.3 millimeters
- Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD capactive touchpanel
- 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 millimeters
- Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) capactive touchpanel
- 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
The Windows RT version is only 9.3mm thikness and weighs 676 grams. It will come with 32 or 64GB of built-in storage and the connectivity side it will include microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae. Expect the tablet will be commercially available around the time when Windows 8 gets launched, with a price in line with its rival offerings, according to Microsoft.
The Windows 8 Pro version tablet will come much closer to being a full-blown PC. It will be thicker and heavier than its Windows RT running sibling at 13.5mm and 903 grams respectively. The Pro Surface will come with more built-in memory as well. You will be able to grab a 64 or 128GB version of it. The connectivity side of the Surface pro will include microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, and 2×2 MIMO antennae. The Surface Pro will be available about three months after the entry-level version of the slate. It is said to be priced in line with similarly equipped ultrabooks.
Check out the promo video, which is quite impressive. And after the break be sure to tell us after the what you think about the products in the comment section.
Both the Windows RT running surface and the Surface Pro will feature a built-in kickstand, which will pop out of their vapor-deposited (PVD) magnesium case. The coolest feature for the slates however, is the Touch Cover. As its name suggests, the accessory looks like a typical tablet cover on the outside. Once you flip it open however, it reveals a full blown touch sensitive QWERTY keyboard, to go with a touchpad of the same sort. Furthermore, the Surface Pro will feature Pen input with Palm Block.