Microsoft announces Surface Tablet PC for Windows 8

This week is considered to be a busy week for Microsoft and today it had entered into the field of hardware by announcing the release of new Surface tablet for Windows 8. Read this article to know more details about Surface Table. I have also mentioned the features of Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT versions of Surface tablet.

Today Microsoft surprised everyone by entering into tablet PC market and announcing a new Tablet PC called Surface, designed for Windows 8. Microsoft said that the upcoming Surface tablet is going to be out in two versions as Windows 8 Pro Version and Windows RT Version.

Surface Tablet

Microsoft announced that the Surface Tablet is the "first PC that is going to come with a vapor-deposited (PVD) magnesium shell." Microsoft announced that the Surface tablet is designed in a such a way that it get the feeling of a book which stands straight which is connected to a kickstand that rests on hinges at the back of the tablet. It's almost similar to the smart cover that protects the iPad, with a physical multi-touch keyboard on its back. The cover is directly connected to the Surface Tablet and can be easily folded over in order to protect the screen.

Features of Windows 8 Pro Surface Tablet:

Windows 8 Pro version comes out as a thicker & heavier weighing around 903 grams with 13.5 mm thickness and is designed in such a way that it competes the current ultra-thin notebook computers with a configuration of 64 or 128 GB.

Windows 8 Pro has a 10.6 inch clear type full HD display with 42 watt-hour battery supply. It also includes feature like micro SDXC, USB 3.0, Mini Display Port Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae, Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block, VaporMg Case and Stand.

Windows 8 Pro version comes with an Intel Core i5 chip that runs all the standard Windows desktop software like Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other Microsoft office products, Photoshop as well as the Metro apps.

Features of Windows RT Version Surface Tablet:

Microsoft announced that the current Windows RT Version is slightly thinner and lighter compared to the Windows 8 Pro version. Windows RT Version may weight about 676 grams and 9.3 mm in thickness.

Other features include like 10.6 inch clear type HD Display with 31.5 watt-hour battery supply. It also includes micro SD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae. Windows 8 Pro version comes with Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case and a stand.

Windows RT Version runs on an ARM CPU and it doesn't support standard Microsoft Office desktop apps that are supported by Windows 8 Pro, but it runs on a limited functionality basis which is known as Office Home & Student as well as Windows Explorer.

At this point of time Microsoft didn't reveal any details regarding the price or release date of Surface Tablet but Windows RT version is expected to launch at the time release of the actual Windows 8 OS and the cost might be based on comparing with the ARM based tablets available in the market at that point of time. On the other hand Windows 8 Pro version is going to be released 3 months later from the release of Windows RT version and price may be based on other ultrabook tablets at that point of time.

Specifications (specs) of Windows RT Version

  1. 676 grams

  2. 9.3 millimeters thick

  3. 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display

  4. 31.5 watt-hour battery

  5. microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae

  6. Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover

  7. VaporMg Case & Stand

  8. Configurable for 32 GB, 64 GB

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