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Microsoft Announce Windows-Based Surface Tablets

Matt Gardner
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Microsoft Announce Windows-Based Surface Tablets

Microsoft Surface has...erm...surfaced! After a week of rumour and hearsay, Microsoft unveiled their newest foray into the tablet market with MS Surface line, which will come in two distinct flavours.

Surface for Windows RT will run on traditional tablet ARM chips, and Surface for Windows 8 Pro will use Intel's new 3rd generation chips.

Though the presentation was frustratingly short on specifications, there were some details to be gleaned from the presser.

Though the exact power levels of the CPUs at the heart of both of these tablets are not yet known, we do know that the Surface For RT will contain an NVIDIA-developed ARM chip for the RT, with an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor for the Surface Pro.

The Surface RT will be 9.3 mm thick and will weigh 676 grams, with the Surface Pro weighing in at 903 grams and a thickness of 13.5 mm.You'll be able o grab the former with either 32 GB or 64 GB of memory, and the Surface Pro will come with either 64 or 128 GB.

Both tablets will boast a 10.6, 16:9 display, though the Surface RT will have a "ClearType HD" display, with its snazzier brother rocking a "ClearType Full HD" display, suggesting that the latter will sport a higher resolution.

The tablets will feature USB 2.0/USB 3.0 (depending on model) and HD video ports, not to mention a miniSD reader, two 2x2 memo antennae, front and rear cameras, perimeter ventilation (handy for the Pro no doubt), and Windows App support.

Finally, the tablet will come with an integrated kickstand and a 3 mm pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a keyboard and a trackpad.

Microsoft were cagey when it came to gaming applications, but the addition of the USB port means that controllers might well be compatible with the device and, certainly in the case of the Pro at least which will be running Windows 8 fully, one might expect the Surface to handle a spot of PC gaming.

We'll be keeping our ears close to the ground over the coming weeks. Check out MS' official site for more.

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X10  Jun. 27, 2012 at 13:30

It's like a perfume ad meets a technology ad. You still walk away thinking 'WTF?'

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