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Microsoft Unveils Surface

The Surface by Microsoft Website introduces Microsoft's newly announced tablet PC that will presumably be their showcase for the upcoming touch-enabled Windows 8, though its most talked about feature may be the keyboard built into the 3mm-thick cover (5mm if you want clicky keys). There are live blogs of the announcement on Gizmodo and Wired, and the official press release with specs is on Kotaku, where they note the device's gaming capacity will be shown off by Skulls of the Shogun (thanks nin). Here are those specs:

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

(1), (2). Actual size and weight of the device may vary due to configuration and manufacturing process.

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. OEMs will have cost and feature parity on Windows 8 and Windows RT.

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44. Re: Microsoft Unveils Surface Jun 19, 2012, 11:12 TheEmissary
 
Creston wrote on Jun 19, 2012, 11:01:
Beamer wrote on Jun 19, 2012, 10:44:
Creston wrote on Jun 19, 2012, 10:38:
Yes, but how often will it BSoD / do I need to reboot it to keep it working?

I'm gonna hazard a guess and say this will go the way of the Playbook and the TouchPad.

Creston

I doubt it. Plus, with Microsoft tightly controlling it, I doubt there will be many BSODs. I'd think this board is technical enough to know where BSODs tend to come from.

Bad drivers. What in Microsoft's history has given you any kind of idea that they can write drivers worth a shit?

Anyway, so far the Tablet market has seemed to be dominated by hipsters who will only buy something when it has Apple on it. Amazon managed to get good penetration with the Kindle because it was several hundred bucks below an iPad (and really isn't a competitor to the iPad to begin with.)

Every other iPad competitor has pretty much failed horribly, no matter its OS, specs, or company behind it. I'm not sure why MS thinks that they will be different, unless they truly believe that people are just DYING for Win8. (And Balmer is insane enough to actually believe that.)

The MS name attached to it is a burden, not a blessing.

Well, I guess it could be succesful if they sell it for 300 bucks or so. Which is pretty unlikely.

Creston

A lot of people want and will pay the extra premium for the x86 tablets because they aren't confined solely to the walled garden and can run standard software from the back catalog. Being able to have full experience is a huge deal for tablets especially when most tablet apps are just phone apps on a large screen.

I have a feeling the ARM version will be the loss-leader for Microsoft kind of like what they did with the XBox. I can see that version being comparable in price to either to the iPad or a low end notebook.

Ultimately it comes down to what people need or want out of the device. If you want a media consumption device then the iOS/Android tablets will fill that need far cheaper. If you want netbook/ultrabook with different form factor you might be considering the Microsoft tablet.
 
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