Microsoft Releases Its Own Tablet – Calls It Surface
After much speculation, Microsoft’s unveiled a Surface tablet today at a press event. There will be two options for Microsoft’s Surface PC, one powered by Intel’s 22nm Ivy Bridge chips running Windows 8, and another Surface powered by an ARM chipset and Windows RT. The Windows RT version is slightly thinner with just 9.3mm thin, weighs 1.5lbs, includes a built-in kickstand, and is the first PC with a vapor-deposited (PVD) magnesium case, according to Microsoft. It will ship in 32GB or 64GB versions, complete with a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display.
Microsoft’s Intel-based Surface tablet will run Windows 8 Pro. It’s has a thickness of 13.5mm, a weight of 1.9lbs, and USB 3.0 support. It will also include magnesium casing and a built-in kickstand. This one will ship with either 64GB or 128GB storage. An additional digital ink support will be available through a pen that magnetizes to the body of the tablet, and a 10.6-inch ClearType “Full HD” display. Both of Microsoft’s Surface tablets feature optional Touch and Type keyboard covers.