Microsoft scratches the Surface, sets the pace for Windows 8 tablets

Microsoft Surface tablet

Microsoft seems to have decided to take things in its own hands by announcing the Surface and Surface tablet. This is a first since Microsofr is a Software company and is not known to venture into what has from time immemorial been the territory of Microsoft partners, hardware development. In what is seen to be a move to charter the way in what has previously been a losing battle for supremacy against Apple’s iPad, Microsoft decided to show what a to expect of a high end tablet cum ultrabook. Microsoft released the two versions, the Surface running Windows RT on an ARM CPU to compete with the tablets and another on Windows 8 Pro, an Intel run tablet that seeks to eat out the Ultrabook business. Well, time will tell whether that will come to be. Currently, there is no define release date to the market, as well as specific pricing of the same, although I have picked from one of my friends that it could retail at $1000.

Surface pro Specifications(atleast the ones revealed as yet):

  • OS- Windows RT
  • 676grammes weight
  • 9.3 inches thick
  • 10.6 inch ClearType HD Display
  • 31.5W-h
  • MicroSD support, USB 2.0, MicroHD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Office 15 Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • VaporMg case and Stand
  • Storage options are 32 and 64GB

Surface pro Specifications:

  • Windows 8 Pro
  • 903g
  • 13.5mm thick
  • 10.6″ ClearType HD Display
  • 42W-h
  • MicroSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • VaporMG Case and Stant
  • Storage options are 64 and 128GB options

These specifications from Microsoft didnt mention processor and memory of the devices, maybe we are going to get these too soon enough as they figure out what standards to fit in. The tablet will be available with a 3mm cover that will double up as the keyboard that has even a trackpad. Touch Cover is connected to the tablet via a magnetic connection, made easier by the stand  pitched at the back of the table to give it an elevated angle for optimal use when typing.