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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  • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

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

    • 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.

  • 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

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