Microsoft showcases Windows 8 Surface tablets

  • Microsoft showcased a new lineup of slick Windows 8 powered "Surface" tablets at an event today in Hollywood, California.

    Clearly designed to challenge Apple's wildly popular iPad, Surface boasts a 16:9 aspect ratio, edges angled at 22 degrees, an integrated kickstand, along with HD front- and rear-facing video cameras.

    During the demonstration, Surface was paired with a 3mm detachable keyboard cover (aka "Touch Cover") which senses keystrokes as gestures - enabling users to touch type significantly faster than with a traditional on-screen keyboard. The Touch Cover can also be swapped out for a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for those interested a more traditional typing feel.

    As expected, Microsoft will be rolling out two primary classes of Surface tablets: one loaded with an ARM processor (Nvidia Tegra) running Windows RT, and the other with a third-generation Intel Core chip running Windows 8 Pro.

    Surface for Windows RT is scheduled to launch with the general availability of Windows 8, while the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later. Pricing has yet to be announced, but Microsoft says it will be "competitive" with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.

    Additional specs include:

    OS: Windows RT (ARM)

    • 676 g, 9.3 mm
    • 10.6" ClearType HD Display
    • 31.5 W-h battery
    • microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
    • Office '15' Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
    • VaporMg Case & Stand
    • 32 GB/64 GB

OS: Windows 8 Pro (x86)

    • 903 g, 13.5 mm
    • 10.6" ClearType Full HD Display
    • 42 W-h battery
    • microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
    • Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
    • VaporMg Case & Stand
    • 64 GB/128 GB

Related Stories

How SEM and SEO help your company to increase more revenue?

Common Habits Found Among Students that Excel in Medical School

How Can You Make Money On GTA 5?