Microsoft Secret Announcement Unveils Windows RT Surface Tablet

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Published on June 19, 2012 with No Comments

Yesterday, we speculated on what will be unveiled at the mysterious Microsoft event. Finally, the mystery product has surfaced, literally. Microsoft has indeed announced two Surface tablets, one running on Windows RT and the other Windows 8.

Both have the same form factor with an 10.6″ ClearType HD Display and the VaporMg case and integrated stand. But form factor is the only thing similar between the two. The Windows RT version will use the ARM CPU which is used in most smartphones in the market. It will also be lighter and thinner than the Windows 8 Pro version. The Windows RT version will only have USB 2.0 and a smaller battery but will include the Metro version of the next Office Apps. The Windows RT version will also come in 32GB and 64GB variants.

The Windows 8 Pro version of the Surface tablet will be a bit heavier and thicker than the Windows RT version due to the Intel Ivy Bridge CPU inside as well as a bigger battery. It will also have a USB 3.0 port instead of 2.0 as well as a microSDXC port instead of microSD on the Window RT Surface. The Windows 8 Pro version will not have the Metro Office Apps. The Windows 8 Pro Surface will come in 64GB and 128GB variants.

Also unveiled at the event is the Touch Cover which is essentially like Apple’s Smart Cover for the iPad. It even attaches to the Surface using a built-in magnetic connector. What is unique with the Touch Cover is that it also integrates a keyboard and touchpad. If you want a more tactile feel when typing, there is also the Type Cover where you trade off some thinness for the tactile feel.

Currently, there is no word on pricing and availability of the Windows Surface tablets.

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

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

Via: BBC, Arstechnica, Engadget, Engadget

Sources: Microsoft, Surface