Surface

June 21st, 2012 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

At an event in Los Angeles, Microsoft unveiled a new line of touch-screen tablet products called Surface. This new family of tablet devices can run either Windows RT or Windows 8.

The Windows RT tablet has the following specs:

  • 9.33mm thin
  • 1.5 lbs
  • 10.6″ 16:9 HD Display. The glass used on this display is Corning Gorilla Glass 2.0.
  • Connection ports include a microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, and 2×2 MIMO antenna.
  • Built-in stand
  • Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover

The Windows 8 version has the following specs:

  • 13.5mm thin
  • 2 lbs
  • 10.6″ 16:9 HD Display. The glass used on this display is Corning Gorilla Glass 2.0.
  • Connection ports include a microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae.
  • Built-in stand
  • Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block

An interesting feature is th magnetic case. The touch cover doubles as a fold-out keyboard that can be used with the tablet. There is also another version of the case called the Type Cover that will be thicker and include a trackpad. The covers also contain an accelerometer so that Surface knows when its rolled back or unfolded.

The pricing is vague, but it is expected thatWindows RT ARM version will cost similar to other ARM tablets while the Windows 8 tablet will be closer to Ultrabook pricing.

Microsoft has launched a new site for their Surface product that can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/us/default.aspx

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