June 19, 2012
Microsoft enters the tablet market with its own Surface device!
During an event yesterday, at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, Microsoft unveiled its own and new Windows powered tablet computer, dubbed Surface. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said that the tablet has a 10.6” display and will come in two versions that will run Microsoft’s latest operating system.
The first Surface device which is based on ARM Holdings Plc’s technology weighs roughly 1.5 lbs and is 9mm thick, has a magnesium case and will be powered by an Nvidia Corp. Tegra processor! A second version, the Surface Pro built on x86 chips from Intel Corp is slightly thicker and heavier.
According to specs from engadget
Surface for Windows RT tablet - ARM
- 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, 2x2 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)
Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet - Intel
- 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, 2x2 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
Both tablet devices will come with a kickstand, which allows you to stand them up to watch movies and the like. A great innovative add-on to the device was attaching a tablet cover that would unfold into a keyboard and track pad.
There are two types of keyboards that Microsoft is selling with the device, called the Touch Cover and the Type Cover. The Touch Cover is a pressure-sensitive pad that can pick up on your keystrokes and is only 3 millimeters thick. The Type Cover is more of a traditional keyboard with fully embossed keys that press down and is slightly thicker at 5 millimeters.
Although no solid pricing was dished out, Microsoft said, according to a Bloomberg report that the Surface tablet prices will be announced when the devices are near availability in the market and will be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.
Updated: June 20, 2012 5:37 PM