Microsoft Surface Tablet Announced

Microsoft had some big news when they announced their new Surface tablet this week.

Entering the market dominated by Apple’s iPad means they have to make sure their product is a game changer.

Microsoft Surface comes with an integrated kickstand and a cover that features a fully functioning keyboard with a trackpad. It connects with a “single magnetic click” and comes in five colors – black, red, blue, and pink.

The tablet has a slim magnesium alloy chassis. The top has the power button and the sides have two speakers, dual microphones, microSD, one USB 2.0 port (USB 3.0 for the Surface Pro) and Micro HDMI, plus a magnetic power connector.

It comes in two options, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro.

Windows RT:

  • 676g
  • 9.33 mm thick
  • 10.6″ ClearType HD DIsplay
  • 31.5 Wh battery
  • microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video
  • Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • 32 GB, 64 GB

Windows 8 Pro:

  • 903 g
  • 13.5 mm thick
  • 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display
  • 42 Wh battery
  • microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video,
  • Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • 64 GB, 128 GB

It will run true PC games. Eric Neustadter, from Xbox Live Operations, tweeted that it could run Civ IV and V, unlike the iPad, and that it will be “the greatest Civilization-playing device known to mankind.” 

There is no word yet on whether there will be a crossover with the XBox 360 itself as that would be a big selling point and could also possibly pre-empt the Wii U.

So far there is no word on how much the Surface tablet will cost and we will have to wait until Windows 8 is released before the tablet hits the market.

There has also been some grumbling around the Web about Microsoft copying Apple. However, Microsoft have been talking about Tablet computers for years. As the image below shows, both Apple and Microsoft have something else to thank for the Tablet.

Then again they also featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odssey and Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Joking aside, what are your thoughts on the Microsoft Surface Tablet? Will it be able to compete against the iPad and will you be buying one?



Posted on June 20, 2012, in Hardware, News, Tech and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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