Microsoft Jumps into Tablet Business – Announces Surface and Surface Pro

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Monday saw Microsoft coming into the tablet business directly challenging Apple’s iPad. Microsoft announced 2 tablets, in fact two versions of same tablets with variation in specifications. Surface which is a lower-end tablet and Surface Pro is said to be a higher-end tablet.

Those who had the chance to experience Windows Surface tablets in a press event yesterday are throwing positive reviews about the hardware as well as for software.

Analysts are calling these two tabs a new era in mobile computing.

Here are the specs of the both tablets:

Surface

  • Windows RT operating system
  • Weight: 676 grams
  • Nvidia Tegra ARM CPU
  • 10.6 inch display
  • Thickness: 9.3mm
  • 32/64 Gb versions
  • MicroSD card slot
  • MicroHD video
  • USB 2.0
  • 2×2 MIMO Wifi antennae
  • Battery 31.5 W-h
  • Front and rear facing HD cameras
  • Kickstand

Surface Pro

  • Windows 8 operating system
  • Weight 903 grams
  • Intel Core i5 CPU
  • 10.6 inch display
  • Thickness: 13.5mm
  • 64/128 Gb versions
  • MicroSDXC card slot
  • USB 3.0
  • Micro DisplayPort video
  • 2×2 MIMO Wifi antennae
  • Battery 42 W-h
  • Front and rear facing HD cameras
  • Kickstand

Microsoft also announced the Touch cover and Type cover. Both are keyboards that attach to the tablet. Type cover is a 5mm thick keyboard with physical buttons and trackpad while Touch cover is a 3mm thick keyboard with no physical keys and trackpad.

Microsoft remained quite on pricing and availability but its expected this fall, sometime after tha release of Windows 8.

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  • Usama Siddiqui

    Excellent job. But Android tablets will work better for Apps and games lovers like me. Windows tablet will not provide much apps as compare to android and ios. Overall,a nice step by Microsoft.

    • Zlip

      Surface Pro has x86 processor and any desktop x86 software will run on it. So do you think x86 software are less than Android or Apple App Store Apps.
      Normal Surface has ARM processor where your statement is correct.

      • Asim

        Not all softwares and games are touch enabled. A software developed for Windows on a PC won’t work on touch enabled Windows 8 devices.

        • OPYI

          Wrong! All will work with the Pro version, not all will be touch optimized tho.

        • Zlip

          In this sense that touch optimized software will not be at large in start then you are right but personal hope and guess, that Microsoft Pro variant tablets (x86) will surely cross iPad level and apps rapidly since x86 apps are at large even currently and in future they have to just tweak up little here and there.

  • Farough

    Awsome, it looks like that in times to come all offices will have Windows tablet rather having current heavy laptops… :)

  • Sufyan

    useless , unless it is an Android :)

  • Chand

    looks like great… but android is android ;)

  • OPYI

    Ufff….roflol at the android fansboys here!

  • WebOS

    Its funny why people admiring android tablets, whereas iPad has 58.2% market share of tablets and android has only 38.7% Even IDC surveys reports say that android tablets shares will continue dropping.
    Source:
    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2184698/idc-apple-s-ipad-regain-market-share-android-2012

  • Excuse me.. isn’t Microsoft who actually give the idea of tablet PC by designing 1st in 2002 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Tablet_PC

    • OPYI

      No it was Apple in 87 , the newton ;)

      • Shahid Saleem

        The Newton was a PDA like the Psion Organiser. It was not a tablet.

    • WebOS

      yes Microsoft introduced the “Tablet-PC”, but it was failed product so discontinued :)

  • Muhammad Anas

    That`s a good step by Microsoft anyway.

    What about the prices????? under 50K??

    • Zlip

      Most probably not even if we go with leaked prices of WZOR.
      It is said that RT variant will have price around iPad while Pro version around Ultrabook which start from 800 US dollar.
      Personal opinion, no advantage in getting RT variant.

  • nice try by Microsoft. waiting for it while enjoying my IPAD3.

  • amir

    which processor is used in “surface” version ?

  • JiGGer

    This is EXACTLY what we needed….compatibility and relibility of WINDOWS 8 + PROCESSOR OF LAPTOP + BODY AND FEATURES OF A TABLET….i give you my words this thing is going to Rock…i will get it if its price is around 70-100 k

  • Pakistan Classified Ads

    This looks great hope it will work as it looks.