LOS ANGELES, USA – In a notable event in Hollywood, Microsoft announced its entry into the tablet market with the Surface, which offers an interesting combination of innovative hardware fine-tuned for Windows 8.
The devices will be available in two versions – the ARM-based Windows RT and Intel Core i5-based Windows 8 Pro.
The lighter and thinner version will be the Windows RT version, which will weigh only 676 g and have thickness of 9.3 mm. It will be more of a power-saver with consumption of only 31.5 Wh.
The Windows 8 Pro version of the Surface tablet will run on a third-generation Intel processor, it will weigh 903 g, be 13.5mm thin and consume 42 Wh.
Both tablets will feature 10.6” ClearType HD displays (the Windows 8 Pro version will carry a full HD screen), full size USB ports (only the Windows 8 Pro version will support USB 3.0), microSD, HD video output and a 2×2 MIMO antennae. The tablets will be available with 32, 64 or 128 GB of memory.
One of the unique features of the Surface tablets will be the Touch Cover and Type Cover, which will offer to the user the opportunity to use the tablets as much more convenient typing devices. Both covers will be available in different colors. There is also a kickstand with only 0.7mm in thickness, with virtually no weight added to the tablet.
The Surface for Windows RT will release when the Windows 8 operating system does, and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later.
Pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.