Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Microsoft Surface - Tablet with Windows 8 OS

Microsoft unveiled a new tablet computer, Surface, that attempts to take advantage of one of the few criticisms of Apple's iPad that it is better for consuming content than creating it.

The software maker said Monday that its device will attach to a removable rubberized keyboard that also acts like a book cover. CEO Steve Ballmer said Surface will be an entertainment device ``without compromising the productivity that PCs are uniquely known for.''

Microsoft Corp.'s broadside against the iPad is a dramatic step to ensure that its Windows software plays a major role in the increasingly important mobile computing market.


The Surface tablets will be available in two distinct versions. The Windows RT version -- which is effectively the "light" version of Windows 8 -- will launch with Windows 8 in the fall, and run on an ARM CPU. While it won't have the full desktop version of Windows 8 (it runs only the "Metro" apps available through the Windows app store), it will include a version of Microsoft Office at no additional charge.

Surface RT tablet key specs

  • Windows RT operating system
  • Nvidia ARM CPU
  • 9.3mm thick
  • 676 grams/23.85 ounces
  • 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display
  • 31.5 watt hour battery
  • Ports: microSD, USB 2.0, micro HD video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Storage options: 32GB and 64GB for Windows RT
  • Front and rear-facing "HD" cameras

Surface Pro tablet key specs

  • Windows 8 operating system
  • Intel third-generation Core i CPU
  • 13.5mm thick
  • 903 grams/31.85 ounces
  • 10.6-inch ClearType "Full HD" Display
  • 42 watt hour battery
  • Ports: microSDXC, USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort video
  • Storage options: 64GB and 128GB
  • Front and rear-facing "HD" cameras
The 10.6-inch touch screen will give the Surface a bigger display than the 10.1-inch Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Microsoft has not announced the specifics of the display resolution yet, but it did confirm a 16:9 aspect ratio.
The "Full HD display" Microsoft mentions in its spec sheet for the Windows Pro version suggests a 1,920x1,080 pixel resolution. That might also imply a 1,280x720 display (aka 720p) on the vanilla "HD" Windows RT Surface tablet.

Some of the pictures of this tablet:

Price: According to sources close to Microsoft, The Next Web reports that the Windows RT-based model, featuring Nvidia’s Tegra 3, will be priced at $599 while the Windows 8 Pro-based Surface tablet PC with Ivy Bridge processor will start at $999!

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