Thursday, 21 June 2012

Microsoft Surface Tablet release date and specs

Microsoft Surface 8 Pro and RT

Microsoft has finally got its first tablet

Microsoft Surface will come in two systems: one running Windows 8 Pro on an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, and a more mobile version with Windows RT on an Nvidia Tegra processor. Both tablets have bezeled edges angled at 22 degrees, with shells made from VaporMG – a new material that seemingly offers the solid finish of a high-end luxury watch. They will both come with 10.6in screens, front and rear cameras, integrated kickstands, USB ports and dual Wi-Fi for connection.

The Windows RT tablet is the thinner and nimbler of the pair at 9.3mm and 676g (compared with 13.5mm and 903g). It features a ClearType HD screen (resolution not yet announced) while the Windows 8 Pro version has a 1080p ClearType Full HD resolution display. Storage, using microSD can be up to 64GB on the RT and 128GB using microSDXC on the Windows 8 Pro Surface. The Pro also has a stylus with up to 600dpi precision and is powerful enough to hook up desktop monitors.

 But the interesting announcements came in the accessories section. The Touch Cover is a 3mm, magnetically attaching cover that includes a pressure sensitive keyboard. There’s also the Type Cover 5mm version that features physical keys and a multi-touch track pad.

The Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro should launch in the next few months with the RT version coming three months later. Pricing is vague but expect to pay between £380 and £635. I will have more on this little beauty as it comes. Looks like Microsoft have finally entered the tablet arena with all guns blazing. Watch this space!

Microsoft Surface RT/ 8 Pro Specs

Surface RT
Surface 8 Pro
9.3 mm
13.5 mm
10.6” ClearType HD Display
10.6” ClearType Full HD Display
nVidia-made ARM chip
Intel Core i5 - Ivy Bridge
31.5 Wh
42 Wh
microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
VaporMg Case & Stand
VaporMg Case & Stand
32 GB, 64 GB
64 GB, 128 GB


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