Microsoft’s Windows 8 Surface Tablet, the iPad Killer

Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2012 09:54 Written by Mire_B Monday, 18 June 2012 09:51

Last time that Microsoft truly worked hard to kill something of Apple it didn’t really go all that well. I’m of course referring to the Zune vs. iPod “killing spree” which failed to come to fruition. But try, try again seems to be a popular enough tactic, and with Windows 8’s impending launch on the horizon, the Redmond company is doing exactly that, taking a new shot at Apple, this time, going for its tablet supremacy.

 

Surface, a new family of PCs for Windows, as they’re referred to, are designed to be the first machines qualifying as real competitors for the Apple iPad. Two versions will be unleashed on the slate craving Windows lovers, one packing an ARM processor and running Windows RT and the other powered by a third-generation Intel CPU in tandem with Windows 8 Pro.

 

Surface for Windows RT will launch with the general availability of the operating system, while Surface for Windows 8 Pro is scheduled to follow 90 days later, at least in the US. Microsoft hasn’t yet announced palns for the rest of the world, or any pricing information.

 

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, 2×2 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, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB

Software takes center stage: Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD.  It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out.

  • VaporMg:  The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch.  Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.
  • Integrated Kickstand:  The unique VaporMg approach also enables a built-in kickstand that lets you transition Surface from active use to passive consumption – watching a movie or even using the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras.  The kickstand is there when needed, and disappears when not in use, with no extra weight or thickness.
  • Touch Cover: The 3 mm Touch Cover represents a step forward in human-computer interface. Using a unique pressure-sensitive technology, Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. It will be available in a selection of vibrant colors. Touch Cover clicks into Surface via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover.  You can also click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.