Microsoft Surface Tablets announced – Details and Specs (Video)
All of the rumors claiming that Microsoft would build a iPad competitor were true. Today, during a special event in Los Angeles, Steve Ballmer took the stage and unveiled the Microsoft Surface tablet.
The Microsoft Surface tablet will be available in two different versions. The first features the ARM-based, Windows RT operating system and uses an Nvidia ARM CPU. The other version is based on Intel’s X86 CPU platform and will run the Windows 8 Pro operating system on a Intel Core i5 Chip.
Other features of the Microsoft Surface tablet include a magnetic cover that functions as a multi-touch keyboard and track-pad, pen input with digital ink sampling of 600 dpi and a built-in kickstand.
We don’t have a full list of the specs yet, but here is what Microsoft has shared so far
OS: Windows RT
Weight: 676 g
Thickness: 9.3 mm
Display: 10.6” ClearType HD Display
Battery: 31.5 W-h
Ports: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Features: Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case
Possible configurations: 32 GB, 64 GB
Windows 8 Pro:
OS: Windows 8 Pro
Weight: 903 g
Thickness: 13.5 mm
Display: 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display
Battery: 42 W-h
Ports: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Features: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block, VaporMg Case & Stand
Possible configurations: 64 GB, 128 GB
It would appear that Microsoft is trying to out do the current crop of tablet manufactures by offering both media and PC tablets. The Windows RT version will compete well against the standard media tablets we currently see, While the Windows 8 Pro version of the Microsoft Surface is said to be a full PC. According to Microsoft, it features specs that rival those of the most powerful ultrabooks currently available. That will be pretty impressive if true.
There are no definite prices yet, but Microsoft has said that pricing will be comparative to competing media tablets and ultrabooks.