Microsoft has unveiled its new player in the tablet market – surface. With which Microsoft is trying to make a new design statement and a better share in the tablet market. The new Microsoft branded tablet comes packed with a lot of things.
Microsoft Surface runs on Windows 8, which looks too cool in a tablet. It comes in two flavours, one with an NVidia processor and other with an Intel Core i5 processor. The device features an 10.6″ HD display (Hail Retina). It is 9.3mm thick and weighs a little less than a kilo.
The best part is, it has an attachable keyboard (just like the Asus transformer tablet, but much better) and a magnetically attachable trackpad. It also has an integrated kickstand too. It has a magnesium case and comes in around 6 colours (screw iPad).
The magnesium case is manufactured with “physical vapor distribution” and it has Gorilla Glass 2.0, both of them making the tablet virtually scratch-proof. The keyboard and trackpad are part of the Touch Cover that Microsoft unveiled too, which magnetically attaches to the tablet, making it easy to wear it.
The NVidia version will be running the Windows 8 RT and the Intel version will be running a new specialized version of Windows 8 called as the “Surface for Windows 8 Pro”.
The ARM variant will be coming in 32 GB and 64 GB models, and the Intel variant will be coming in 64 GB and 128 GB models.
The prices of the devices are not announced yet. However the NVidia variant is expected to be priced less than $699 and the Intel variant to be priced like an Ultrabook at around $1000. It is expected that it will be released before Christmas season.
Microsoft is not so good when it comes to making hardware. Except for their XBox gaming console, which is of course a world leader, their other big ventures on making in-house hardware were big failures. Like Zune aimed at iPods and their Kin mobiles where all epic failures.
This new tablet might be the real competitor for Apple’s iPad. If the price is reasonable and if it comes with a better numbered app store, then it can cause quite a lot damage to the iPad’s market share than Amazon did with it’s less powered and cheaper device, the Kindle Fire.
Take a look at this introduction video of the Microsoft Surface.
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