Microsoft introduced their answer to Apple’s iPad in the Surface tablet yesterday, which will sport two flavors (RT and PRO) and supposedly will be able to fully replace a computer. Their presser stressed the fact that this Surface is fully controlled by MS meaning that they will control both the hardware, and the software for the first time in one of their products. After making the switch to Apple, who more or less invented the closed model of computing, I think this move is a step in the right direction for Microsoft.
No pricing details have been announced for the Surface, but as I mentioned it will come in two different versions. The RT version will be slightly less advanced than the PRO version, but both tablets come packed with some serious hardware. Each Surface model’s most unique feature when compared to other tablets is the built-in keyboard cover. Basically, the Surface’s cover doubles as a fully working keyboard with trackpad when you have it folded out and open. Think of the iPad’s smart cover with a keyboard on it, and that’s more or less what the Surface’s cover looks like.
- 9.33 mm thick
- 10.6″ ClearType HD DIsplay
- 31.5 Wh battery
- microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video
- Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
- 32 GB, 64 GB
- 903 g
- 13.5 mm thick
- 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display
- 42 Wh battery
- microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video,
- Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
- 64 GB, 128 GB
What’s intriguing to me in regards to the Surface is the fact that MS has said that the PRO model will be able to replace your computer entirely. This means software that is made for Windows desktops will also run on the Surface. Think PC gaming folks! If the Surface can actually handle today’s high-end PC games then I’ll give it mad respect, and possibly some cash for my own. Outside of that promise though, the Surface doesn’t really do it for me. Once again I think MS may be a little too late to the party, but if they can manage to take any market share from Apple in the tablet space, then more power to them.
If you’d like more details on the Surface you can watch the full press conference from yesterday below, or check out Slash Gear’s coverage which ties everything together very nicely. Even that feels like they were going for the Apple presser feel. I guess its a form of flattery for Apple, but it’d be nice if Microsoft could innovate something on their own. At least they gave us the Xbox 360. That is surely their greatest innovation in the past 12 years. You’ve been wanting to see this thing in action…
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