At a press event in Los Angeles on Monday, Microsoft pulled a rabbit out of the hat by announcing their own tablet line, Microsoft Surface.
Although mystery invitations were sent out weeks before the event, nobody had a clue as to what the press event was going to be all about. The market was buzzing with rumours about the Microsoft event, which was eventually put to rest when the Surface Tablet was unveiled.
While unveiling the Microsoft Surface, Steve Ballmer touched upon the history of Microsoft products. The unveiling was followed by a description about the hardware of the Surface by Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky.
Microsoft Surface will be launched in two variants, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro. Windows RT version will be powered by an ARM Chipset, whereas the Windows Pro will get Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge chips of 22nm running on Windows 8.
The Windows RT version is just 9.3 mm thick, weighs around 676 gm and will have a 10.6 inch ClearType HD Display. Microsoft has also included MicroSD card slot and USB 2.0 in this version. It will also include a built-in kickstand and it will be the first tablet with a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposited) magnesium casing. The Windows RT version will further be available in two variants – 32GB and 64GB.
The Windows 8 Pro version is an Intel based tablet from Microsoft, which will run on Windows 8. It will be 13.5 mm thick, 903 gm weight and will also have USB 3.0 support. This version will also include magnesium casing with kickstand, and will offer consumers the storage option of 64GB and 128GB. The version will have 10.6 inch Clear Type Full HD Display and will also get digital ink support.
With both versions of the tablet, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro, consumers will get an option to choose from two new types of covers, which will also act like a keyboard. Also introduced by Microsoft at the event was a new breed of tablet covers – Touch Keyboard cover and Type keyboard cover. While they are tablet covers, they will also fulfill the need of a keyboard while using the tablet. These covers will come in five different colours.
The latest product from Microsoft stands a good chance of finding favour with consumers since Microsoft Surface is not just a tablet, but a full-fledged PC. These tablets are capable of running programs. One can use Visual Studio or Photoshop in Microsoft Surface which is definitely not possible with the iPad or with Android.
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