Microsoft finally unveiled its very own tablet called the Surface for Windows at the Microsoft press event in Los Angeles.
Microsoft says that the tablet is the closest a tablet can get to the power of PC, giving true PC experience.
Microsoft Surface comes with a sturdy, integrated kickstand and a touch and type cover (very similar to Apple’s smart cover but you can actually type on it), that features a fully functioning keyboard, with a trackpad (Works as good as a real keyboard, according to Microsoft). It connects with a “single magnetic click”(Expect something from Apple?) that will make it easy to take off.
“I can touch type on this as fast as I can type on any keyboard.” said Microsoft’s Michael Angiulo. Touch Cover comes in five colors – black, red, blue, and pink.
Surface also comes with two cameras, called “LifeCams.” The rear-facing camera is angled so when positioned on a kickstand, it can still record meetings with ease.
Because Surface is a full-on PC, it will run true PC games. Eric Neustadter, from Xbox Live Operations, tweeted colloquially that it could run Civ IV and V, unlike the iPad, and that it will be “the greatest Civilization-playing device known to mankind.” (Hope that it can play Diablo 3 too)
Microsoft has stated the tablet-PC hybrids will be priced competitively, but no mention of price or release date was mentioned.
The reason of iOS and android tablets to be successful is the app ecosystem they have. If Windows wants to be a real competition, they have to attract more developers to develop great apps for their platform fast. Time will tell if the Surface will be successful or just another Zune. We really hope it will be successful. Competitions are always good for consumers.
The Microsoft Surface tablet comes in two options, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro.
Windows RT is the lightweight option, both physically and spec-wise.
- 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, is the obvious pro option, and is touted as a “full PC.” It comes with a heftier weight (and likely pricetag):
- 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
Check out this rather cool video: