At the recent press event at Los Angeles, Microsoft confirmed its own line of tablets running windows 8 RT and pro versions under the badge name of ‘surface’. As of now Microsoft plans to enter the tablet market led by Apple’s ipad and a flood of android tablets with two separate 10.6 in models, one sporting an ARM based processor by NVIDIA and the other one with the old x86 architecture rocking an i5 processor.
For those of you who have been in the dark, windows RT is the version of windows 8 designed to run specifically on ARM SoC’s. Windows RT will not have any backward compatibility, supporting only apps from the Microsoft store designed for the metro interface. On the other hand windows 8 pro is a full fledged OS supporting both metro apps and will be compatible with x86 based software for which the market already exist.
Windows RT surface tablet measures just 9.3 mm thick and weighs under 1.3 pounds. The remarkable feature that makes it stand out of the crowd is the magnetically attached cover which unlike Apple’s counterparts is just not a protector but more. Turns out its a full multi touch keyboard and a trackpad. As for expansion you can treat yourself with a HDMI port, a USB 2.0 and a microSD port. Storage the surface comes standard with 32 or 64 gb internal storage and a 31.5 Wh battery.
If you are looking for something with more woof, you can have the intel based surface for windows 8 pro tablet, which packs a larger 42 W-h battery, an Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor , USB 3.0 ports instead of 2.0, and a choice of 64GB or 128GB of storage (double the standard offerings of the RT Surface). You will also be treated with a 1080i display but comes wrapped in a package that’s 13.5 mm thick and weighs 903 grams and it all comes optional with a pen input.
The pricing and availability on both these tablets has been kept in the dark for now.
Those looking for a complete Windows experience in the form of a tablet will obviously head to the Windows 8 Pro model and those content with new, Metro-style apps engineered for Windows on ARM will likely save a few bucks by selecting that Surface. A lot of quarries remain unanswered like the RAM and specs of the processors. That and more will have to wait for now.
Blogtechnika would like to extend its heartiest gratitude towards Mr. Ankur Jangra for his contribution to the above post.