Microsoft’s Own Tablets – Surface with Windows 8
Microsoft is leaving its favorite PC arena and joining the tablet war with its own Windows 8 tablets. Dubbed Microsoft Surface, the new 10.6-inch tablets will be made available in 2 versions: Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro. Here is a brief intro of the technical specifications:
Surface for Windows RT
Processor: ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra
Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD display
I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Software: Office ’15′Apps
Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
Surface for Windows 8 Pro
Processor: Third generation Intel Core processor (Ivy Bridge)
Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) display
I/O: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
The new tablets come with a magnesium-based casing that is created using a process that is called VaporMg (pronounced as Vapor-Mag) which also includes a built-in kickstand.
Microsoft has also unveiled accessories for their new tablets such as the 3mm-thin Touch Cover with integrated pressure-sensitive keyboard and touchpad. There is also a 5mm-thin cover that is called the Type Cover which features a full tactile keyboard and touchpad with clickable buttons. Surface for Windows 8 Pro even has a digital pen input.
There is no official pricing yet but as a new entrant, we can expect competitive prices from Microsoft to grab market share. Will Microsoft, which made its fortune producing PC software, fare well against tablet juggernauts like Apple and Samsung? Stay tuned.
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