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Microsoft Surface Tablets: Coming Soon

Tech Blog
Friday, 22nd June, 2012

For a long time I have been waiting for some real competition for the Apple iPad, and it has been quite quiet on that front. Microsoft have been developing their latest OS, Windows 8, and a variation which will be optimised for touchscreens and tablet like devices. Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled it’s own tablet, the Microsoft Surface Tablet.

In fact it comes in two flavours; The Surface for Windows RT tablet, and the more powerful Surface for Windows 8 tablet.

It is hard to distinguish between the two, and who they are to be marketed for. The theory is that the less powerful of the two (although still powerful for a tablet) will be sold as a tablet, whereas the more powerful will be more like an ultrabook.

Key features of the two are the ultra thin clip on keyboard, 10.6″ HD screen, but they do have their differences in terms of specification, such as the cheaper RT model being both lighter and thinner than the Windows 8 variant.

Surface for Windows RT

Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
Thickness: 9.3 millimeters
Weight: 676 grams
Display: 10.6-inch HD capacitive touchpanel
Ports: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
Availability: “Around” the Windows 8 launch (Autumn 2012)
Price: TBA

Surface For Windows 8

Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
Weight: 903 grams
Thickness: 13.5 millimeters
Display: 10.6-inch Full HD (1080p) capacitive touchpanel
Ports: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Software: Windows 8 Pro
Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Pen with Palm Block
Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
Availability: Around three months after the Windows 8 launch this Autumn
Price: TBA

Key differences between the two are the power (CPU), as well as the size and weight of the two devices. The Win 8 model comes with more ports and many will call it a more “pro” device, however the Windows RT version comes bundled with Office and is lighter and thinner, so will have it’s place in the market.

Both models have no price at the moment, which will probably be the thing which makes or breaks these devices.


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