Microsoft announce their own Windows 8 tablets – The Microsoft Surface
So Microsoft’s mystery even came and went yesterday and boy did they deliver, announcing their very own in-house produced Surface Tablet. Well we guess… their tablet finally Surfaced (sorry). In a surprising move, Microsoft is bringing their own tablet to the table and from what we’ve seen, it’s looking like the tablet to get for Widows 8 so far. The Surface actually looks very nice, and could compete in size and thickness with the iPad, as a direct competitor.
There are actually two versions of the tablet – The Windows RT Version which will be the cheaper smaller Metro only tablet, and the Intel based tablet which will act as a proper Windows 8 Computer. The specs are similar, but differ due to the features.
Windows RT Surface:
- Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
- Weight: 676 grams (1.49 pounds)
- Thickness: 9.3 millimeters
- Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD capactive touchpanel (most likely 720p screen)
- Battery: 31.5W
- I/O: 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 (fall 2012)
- Pricing: To be determined
Windows 8 Surface:
- Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
- Weight: 903 grams (1.99 pounds)
- Thickness: 13.5 millimeters
- Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) capactive touchpanel
- Battery: 42Wh
- I/O: 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: “Three months after” the Windows 8 launch this fall
- Pricing: To be determined
So how does it compare to the new iPad? Well the Windows RT Surface is closer to the 3rd gen iPad. The iPad (4G) weighs 662 grams compared to the 676 grams of the Surface. The Surface though, is bigger with a 10.6-inch screen versus a 9.7-inch screen. Thickness wise, the Windows RT version is actually 0.1 mm thinner. However, it falls very short in the resolution department with a max of 720p while the iPad blasts ahead with a 1536p screen. Of course, you could always opt for the more computer like Windows 8 Surface, which easily has more storage and ports, albeit in a thicker form. Both Windows tablets also feature a kick stand for propping up while watching movies or just in normal circumstances, something the iPad lacks.
Both also have access to a attachable magnesium created keyboard which looks extremely small and portable. They also come in a variety of colours, giving users the option to choose their colour. The keyboard comes in either touch or type keyboard variants, and will most likely cost extra.
Either way we’re excited, though we’d still like to see what pricing is going to be like. Also, plenty of other OEM’s still have their tablets on the way and until we see those we won’t make a final decision though we are hopeful they will be better. Why? Because the Surface has already set a huge benchmark for other OEM’s to focus on beating, and that can only be a good thing.