June 19, 2012

Microsoft announces their own tablet - The Microsoft Surface

Microsoft, after months of rumors, has officially announced their own branded tablet that runs on Windows 8, of course. The Microsoft Tablet was announced at an event in Los Angeles with just a short notice to the press. Anyway, the software giant actually announced two kinds of tablets, the Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 RT and the Surface for Windows 8 Pro. I'll be telling you the difference after the break. But before that, Microsoft did something brilliant here. Following from Apple's move on the tablet market and learning from it, the Washington-based company, personally, did not only make a nice challenger to the iPad but did it brilliantly.

PocketLint conveniently gave us the difference between the two tablets that Microsoft has announced. 

The Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 RT, the way I understood it is more for those who are not in the professional world and uses a tablet device for entertainment, games, and those non-specs specific jobs. Here is a run down of the specs of the Surface for Windows 8 RT.
  • Windows 8 RT
  • 10.6" ClearType HD (1366x768) touchscreen display
  • Sports an nVidia ARM chip
  • 676g in weight 
  • 9.3mm thick
  • 32GB or 64GB storage
  • microSD slot, USB 2, microHD Video, 2x2 MIMO antenna (WiFi)
  • With Office Home & Student 2013 RT
  • Touch Cover
  • Type Cover Keyboard
Here's the Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro:
  • Windows 8
  • 10.6" ClearType HD (1366x768) touchscreen display
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 903g weight
  • 13.5mm thick
  • 64GB or 128GB storage
  • microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini display port socket, 2x2 MIMO antenna (WiFi)
  • Touch Cover
  • Type Cover keyboard
  • Pen with Palm Block (Digital Ink)
  • VaporMg Case and stand construction
No word yet on pricing though and when these tablets will eventually arrive in the market. I am betting they will be in stores the time Microsoft also officially releases to the public Windows 8? Or not?

Anyway, remember when the iPad 2 was announced? Yup! It came with that brilliant Smart Cover design and idea right? Well, I hate to say this but Microsoft just made that idea and turned into into something beyond brilliance (I think I am exaggerating). Microsoft's tablets come with those covers too but they made it slimmer (I think compared to the iPad's) and with a feature that will blow your minds off (exaggerating again).

To better understand my exaggeration, watch the Microsoft Surface's promotional video below which kind of focuses more on the cover rather than the tablet.

Sources: Endgadget, UV, PocketLint, YouTube.


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