A good day like this means miserable to all its partners who are betting on its next version of Windows. A new fresh looking of Windows Tablet built by Microsoft itself will kill off a lot of its partners’ tablet business. It seems that Microsoft has lost the faith on what its partner can bring on the table and is tired of seeing all various forms of tablets that just don’t look convincing. Not sure how they will respond.
But put the concern aside, the Microsoft Surface looks beautiful.
It comes with 2 forms, Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro with the specs as below.
Windows 8 RT:
- Runs Windows 8 RT edition on ARM processor.
- 32GB and 64GB model
- Weight: 676g
- Thin: 9.3mm
- Display: 10.6” ClearType HD diskplay
- Connectivity: microSD, USB2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae.
- Software: Office 15 apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
- Accessories: VaporMg Case & Stand
Windows 8 Pro
- Runs Windows 8 Pro edition on Intel i5 processor
- 64GB and 128GB model
- Weight: 903g
- Thin: 13.5mm
- Display: same as above.
- Connectivity: same as above.
- Software: same as above.
- Accessories: same as above.
Obviously, a tablet running on ARM chipset is noticeably lighter and thinner with longer battery life but the Intel version comes with more disk spaces.
What’s more eye caching is its very own design of an integrated Kickstand and a revolutionary 3mm thin pressure sensitive cover that has both full functioning keyboard and trackpad built in. The unique Touch Cover connects to Surface with a single magnetic click.
The VaporMg, pronounced as Vapor-Mag, looks sleek by judging only through the picture. It’s created through a 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.
For the first time since Windows 8 was announced, I feel like I badly want to own one of these.