Microsoft announces new surface tablet running windows 8

Posted: 19/06/2012ICreated by: Paul Sideridis

Microsoft scheduled a mystery last minute press event held in Los Angeles on June the 18th.

With no leaks, the speculation was around a mobile platform or Xbox announcement.

The announcement indeed was to unveil the upcoming release of 2 Windows 8 based tablets.

The case is super thin at just 9.3mm, scratch-resistant, with a 10.6” wide screen covered by Gorilla Glass. This provides a durable yet elegant to look at and handle finish. With the smart cover total thickness is just 12mm.

However, before we dive into the details in order to understand why this isn’t just another gimmicky product, lets briefly outline Microsoft’s path to this point.

Microsoft surface

In 2008 Microsoft released Surface which is a 30” digital desk surface. It allows the user to reach out and touch content directly along with drag and manage items without a mouse which resembles a large iPad.

This was followed up by surface 2 in 2011 going beyond touch with the ability to see items and sense/read documents upon touch or close proximity.
The depth of sensing allows applications to strive for a more natural interface and user experience.



The Windows 8 mobile operating system is due for release in the coming months.

Unlike previous windows or mac operating systems that have been built for desktops or laptops, Windows 8 has been built from the ground up for mobile devices.

This appears to be Microsoft’s biggest attempt to re-invent itself.
Although many like the familiarity of Mac, the question is, will Microsoft’s change capture consumer attention and spend?

Apple OSX versus Windows 8 desktop

During the Monday Press release, Microsoft announced it would be releasing its first ever tablet to be known as ‘Microsoft Surface’. The two initial versions will be Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Both visually and on paper these tablets look appealing. With what appears to be quality construction, the surface comes across as a high end tablet that will be competing directly with third party Android tablets and let’s not forget Apples iPad.

The surface comes with a 10.6" screen compared to 9.7" iPad, however there’s no mention of a built in camera.

With two keyboard options obtaining a more natural feel will now be possible while maintaining the mobility that comes with tablets.

While windows phones are yet to become a worthy player, should Microsoft manage to overcome reliability issues Windows 8 may well become popular on tablet devices.

Although no pricing has been released, Microsoft stated that it will be competitively positioned.

Product highlights;

  1. The case is super thin at just 9.3mm, scratch-resistant, with a 10.6” wide screen covered by Gorilla Glass. This provides a durable yet elegant to look at and handle finish. With the smart cover total thickness is just 12mm
  2. It’s a PC that’s a great tablet and a tablet that’s a great PC
  3. The Surface tablet is built to let you use all of the applications you want, including Photoshop & Netflix
  4. The Touch Cover has an accelerometer built into it, sensing when you pull it back
  5. The technology behind Touch Cover is seven layers squeezed into the cover. It’s able to sense the grams of force coming out of your hand. As you put pressure on the keys, the Touch Cover is actually measures the pressure, it’s 10x faster at measuring pressure than any keyboard you could purchase today
  6. Surface supports digital ink. You can write directly onto a document using the stylus. The ink is sampled at 600dpi, keeping your handwriting smooth. 'It almost feels like it’s writing directly on the screen,'says Microsoft’s Michael Anguilo. 'The distance between the stylus and where I see the ink is only .7 mm.' Unlike traditional tablets, Surface sees the pen and ignores accidental touch from a hand
  7. With two WiFi antennas, surface provides the best WiFi on any tablet currently available.



Surface Accessories include;

  • Built-in stand
  • Surface Touch Magnetic Cover, with embedded full multi-touch keyboard dock and track pad
  • Surface Type Cover, similar to Touch Magnetic Cover but slightly bigger at 0.5mm, it’s a keyboard with actual keys and trackpad buttons
  • Pen with Palm Book – a pen that magnetises to the surface body offering digital ink support

Surface initial models and specs/ features;

  • Surface for Windows RT

    • OS: Windows RT
    • Light: 676 g
    • Thin: 9.3 mm
    • Clear: 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display with 16:9 aspect ratio and 1280 x 720 resolution. Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology also included
    • Processor: ARM-based by NVIDIA
    • Energized: 31.5 W-h battery
    • Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
    • Productive: Office ‘15’ Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
    • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand, edges angled at 22 degrees
    • Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB
    •  

  • Surface for Windows 8 Pro

    • OS: Windows 8 Pro
    • Light: 903 g
    • Thin: 13.5 mm
    • Clear: 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display with 16:9 aspect ratio and 1280 x 720 resolution. Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology also included
    • Processor: Intel Core Ivy Bridge
    • Energized: 42 W-h battery
    • 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, edges angled at 22 degrees
    • Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB

Microsoft's Surface sneak peak.


Microsoft surface sneak peak
Microsoft surface sneak peak
Microsoft surface sneak peak
Microsoft surface sneak peak

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