Specs of the tablets
Surface will be released in two versions: Surface with Windows RT and Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro. The tablets will give users a choice between an Intel and ARM-based processor. Windows RT is the version of Windows 8 OS that was developed especially for ARM processors. It also includes the Metro-style interface (it will be touch-friendly) going with a limited version of the usual Windows desktop for using IE and Microsoft Office.
Nvidia will design the chipset of new gadgets and it will make third-party developers rewrite applications to run on the Metro interface.
Both tablets will have a display of 10.6 inches, a thin magnetic keyboard VaporMg case and an impressive kickstand for tabletop using. The devices will weigh only about 1.5 pounds and also will be quite thick – about 0.36-inches.
The developers decided to add microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae to Surface for Windows RT and microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae to Surface for Windows 8 Pro. The users will be able to choose between 32GB or 64GB of storage for a Windows RT tablet and 64 GB or 128 GB for a Windows 8 Pro one.
The company is to focus on a specific part of the users who want to have a more powerful device rather than Apple’s iPad.
Microsoft left it unveiled whether the Surface devices would have any mobile data. May be the company didn’t discuss the topic as it is still looking for carrier partnerships for the tablets.
The devices will also be designed as to work with a pen accessory using “digital ink”. It means that when the stylus is close to the touchscreen it will ignore hand touch-input and will “sample” the ink at 600dpi (dots per inch).
Cost of the Tablets
Microsoft didn’t go into details about prices of the Surface tablets. However, the company’s representatives said that the Windows RT version of Surface would have the price comparable to the ones of other tablets. But Surface Pro will be at the same price level as Ultrabook PCs.
Arrival of the Tablets
The final Windows RT version of Surface tablet is about to come out simultaneously with the official Windows 8 release, which is about to happen in October. The Surface Pro is supposed to be released three months later, in the beginning of 2013. That’s all what Microsoft said about possible time lines.
Microsoft is about to have a good start with Surface tablets, but I think we should wait a few months just to find out if the company fulfills all the promises and if the tablets are to become real iPad rivals.
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