- 19th June 2012, 02:21 #1
Surface Tablets from Microsoft - Models & Specs
Microsoft today announced Surface- Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail.
“Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise. It delivers the power of amazing software with Windows and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience.”
- Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD.
- VaporMg: The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.
- Integrated Kickstand: The unique VaporMg approach also enables a built-in kickstand that lets you transition Surface from active use to passive consumption – watching a movie or even using the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras. The kickstand is there when needed, and disappears when not in use, with no extra weight or thickness.
- Touch Cover: The 3 mm Touch Cover represents a step forward in human-computer interface. Using a unique pressure-sensitive technology, Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. It will be available in a selection of vibrant colors. Touch Cover clicks into Surface via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover. You can also click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.
It comes in 2 models - Based on ARM running Windows RT and Intel running Windows 8 Pro
Surface for Windows RT
- OS: Windows RT
- Light(1): 676 g
- Thin(2): 9.3 mm
- Clear: 10.6” ClearType HD Display
- Energized: 31.5 W-h
- Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
- Productive: Office ‘15’ Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
- Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
- Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB
Surface for Windows 8 Pro
- OS: Windows 8 Pro
- Light(1): 903 g
- Thin(2): 13.5 mm
- Clear: 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display
- Energized: 42 W-h
- Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
- Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
- Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
- Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB
More deatils at http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/us/default.aspx)
Last edited by vasudev; 19th June 2012 at 02:29.
- 19th June 2012, 05:22 #2
- 19th June 2012, 23:50 #3
I wish I could afford to buy it! Until seeing Surface, I had no interest in a tablet. However, that is one beautiful machine!
- 20th June 2012, 10:10 #4
My guess would be that the 64GB RT will cost $749 and the 128 GB Pro will be $999. What is still not clear is the amount of RAM that these systems are going to have.
- 20th June 2012, 10:20 #5
- 20th June 2012, 14:46 #6
If they are priced that competitively ($499-$599), the Surface will be a real winner, or as written in the press, an iPad killer.
From Ed Bott's review at Microsoft's new Surface tablets make a solid first impression | ZDNet, he is guesstimating $100 higher for the ARM model.
How much will these gizmos cost? Microsoft isn’t talking details. The official line is relatively vague:
Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.
If one assumes that “comparable ARM tablet” means an iPad equipped with 32 or 64 GB of memory, then the equivalent Windows RT Surface models should cost $600 and $700, respectively. Of course, that price will presumably include the keyboard cover (available as extra-cost add-ons from Apple and third parties). It will also include Microsoft Office. (In my hands-on tests, I was able to try out the Microsoft Office 2013 apps on a Windows RT Surface.)
As for the Windows 8 Professional Surface, the current crop of Ultrabooks runs $999, give or take a couple hundred dollars. That is, not coincidentally, the starting price of a MacBook Air.
Of course, one could make the case that a single Surface device is actually two devices in one—a tablet and a keyboard-equipped notebook. If prospective buyers accept that proposition, then a “competitive” price will seem like a bargain.