Microsoft has unearthed its launch of two new Windows 8 powered tablets, viz. Surface. These are targeted to entertain both consumer and business users. This was announced at its recent news conference held in Los Angeles, USA.
As per Steve Ballmer’s words, the new Surface works like either PC or tablet. Consumer targeted Surface is going to hit this fall while the Surface that is targeted to entertain business will land at least three after the first one. The consumer oriented Surface will be powered by Windows while business oriented Surface will be powered by Windows 8.
Let us explore more on these new Windows Surface tablets.
As per the available information, Windows RT powered Surface will be fitted with either 32 GB or 64 GB flash storage. Surface targeted for business users will be fitted with either 64 GB or 128 GB. It will also be decked with Inter Core i5 processor.
This will give enough room for heavy processing that will arise due to multi-tasking. Besides, decent memory modules and processing capabilities, Surfaces will give you all the giggles to be connected through Wi-Fi.
Coming to the important new features to be delivered by the Surfaces, built-in kickstand will become integral part of these new tablets. You can get the best view in landscape mode.
The new surfaces will come with Magnesium cases. Windows RT based Surface will be just 9.3 millimeters thick which was slightly less than iPad by 0.1 millimeters. However, it is very difficult to notice the difference in size.
Surface will feature the finest ‘touch cover’ which will not only protect the screen but also the multi-touch keyboard. The cover is firmly secured to the tablet through the magnetic connector.
The keyboard is enhanced with special keys to give you right and left navigation on a Windows 8 Metro interface. It is perceived that you will have better typing experience than ever before.
The new Surfaces will come with ‘Tap Detection’ facility which is innovative feature. Even if you rest your hands on the keyboard, it will not process the command as the technology will try to understand your intention behind pressing the keys (whether you pressed voluntarily or involuntarily).
Enterprise version of Surface will implement advanced features like High Definition video, support for digital ink and the connector for a stylus that charges magnetically. Microsoft has taken special measures to vent the heat generated by running multiple applications on these i5 powered Surfaces. The tablet also features USB 3.0, well tuned for Skype connectivity and best views that support wide angles.
Windows RT powered Surface will be priced in the range of other available tablets in the market that are powered by Nvidia’s ARM processor. Surface powered by Windows 8 will be priced in the range of Ultrabook Personal Computers. As of now, Microsoft has not announced about the cellular connectivity which is vital for its chances of success in the prevailing market conditions.
Even though complete details are not available, Microsoft has announced details in a hurried fashion to make their fans wait for its new models without fall prey to the Google’s Android based tablets. Microsoft has to chalk-out strategies to sell the new Surfaces without confusing the consumers who purchase x86 based tablets.
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16 thoughts on “Microsoft Launches ‘Surface’, A Windows Powered Tab”
Microsoft has been on the tablet market long before Apple, but they weren’t able to start “tablet madness” the way Apple did. Now they reenter on this market with a well structured tablet with a keyboard on case and a USB port, these are nice selling points. But if the price will be around the same price as the iPad, then I guess that we have another tablet that has died before it was born.
@Mark – I agree, “Price Differentiation” should be the key for Surface to be a hit amongst end users.
@Peter – You too are very correct. The more the options, the better it is for You & Me!
The more of these tablet manufacturers other than Apple the better. We will have more options and this is actually good news for us consumers wouldn’t you agree? 🙂
Well, I would not only keep my eyes on price. It would be also interesting to see how well people adopts to all new Metro UI concept
Well unlike Android, I think that Microsoft are at least experimenting with their software, not just copying. And they definitely added some design.
Same as Android, not only Microsoft has unearthed its launch of two new Windows 8 powered tablets, viz. Surface. These are targeted to entertain both consumer and business users. The best point is get the support for users.
@Ricky – I opine with you. The user’s adaptability also will play an important role.
@Rosewine – True, the design is kickass! 🙂
@John – They should get the support. Let’s wait for time to reveal the real response.
Microsoft’s got their work cut out for them, for sure. Considering how Apple and Samsung are still occupying the top tiers while HTC and other similar “budget tech manufacturers” have the lower levels in control, Microsoft has their hands full trying to make their piece fit. You think their marketing pitch would work?
I think microsoft surface is going to rock. What u say?
Thanks for the post.Microsoft with its innovative software windows wil try to acquire a part in the tablet market which is greatly played by two players Apple and Google.Surface reviews look good and many are waiting to try it out.
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Microsoft’s “surface” would be a great deal for experiencing the latest trends of technology. I am thankful for the above post.
One of the most controversial issues today that compelled its competition. Microsoft will not stop blowing its horns over these new innovation.
Microsoft knows that the success or Failure of Windows 8 is determined by the amount of people who use tablet PC.
I guess these new sets of portable harkware will be affordable enough for the ordinary user.
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Microsoft will Rock this year due its Touch screen surface effect.
And it is a huge success and it’s a master piece 🙂