Today Microsoft unveiled during their secret event in Los Angeles, a brand new tablet computer, named the Microsoft Surface. There will be two versions of the Surface, one featuring an Intel processor, that will have the full version of Windows 8, and the other powered by an ARM chip set that will be running Windows RT. You can find our quick report on the device here.
The tablets share some key specs, including a 10.6″, 16:9 screen, with Microsoft’s ClearType HD technology. Which will provide fantastic viewing angles, and should prove to be crystal clear. Also various ports including USB2.0, a Micro SD slot, Micro HD Video will making printing and sharing a breeze. Two cameras are featured, one on the front, and one on the back. The front camera is designed mostly for chatting, where the back is primarily going to be used for recording meetings and live events. The Surface also provides stereo speakers and dual microphones fine tuned to work with Skype to block out any ambient sounds.
The ARM version is just 9.3mm thin, weighs 1.5lbs, and includes a kickstand that is built into the back of the device. The tablet itself is made from a magnesium case, which is the first ever for this type of computer. The storage will come in 32GB or 64GB capacities.
The Intel version which is running an Ivy bridge i5 will ship with Windows 8 Pro, with a slightly thicker build at 13.5mm, and a weight of 1.9lbs, and will also feature USB 3.0. The storage is bigger, offering a 64GB and 128GB options. The Intel version will also support digital ink support, which has a pen that magnetically stores itself to the tablet itself.
One of the most interesting innovations shown off today, was Microsoft’s touch and type covers. These covers snap into the Surface and are held in place via magnets. These various covers will come in five colors and provide protection to the screen, but also doubling as a keyboard. The type cover is a full tactile keyboard, while the touch cover appears to be a really slim, soft keyboard. Both of which should make typing a breeze while using the tablet.
Unfortunately no price was announced today, however Microsoft did claim that the price would be competitive. Clearly Microsoft is trying to compete with the iPad here, so a competitive price would be around the $400-600 dollar range. Another interesting omission was the lack of any Xbox streaming or SmartGlass information.
We look forward to how Microsoft will integrate the Windows 8 Operating System across all their platforms, especially Windows Phone 8. With the common Windows 8 OS and the further integration that SmartGlass promises, it’s an exciting time to own a Windows Phone.
So with the announcement of the Microsoft Surface, are you excited? Do you think Microsoft has created something that can truly compete with the iPad? Lets hear your thoughts in the comments.