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Microsoft released its own Surface windows 8 tablet - A real rival to iPad

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive officer, appeared at an art and film studio in Hollywood on June 18, to deliver what looks like Microsoft’s finest, most controversial product in ages. In fact, it’s a family of products—a line of “Surface” tablet computers aimed at both consumers and workers.

The most attractive thing is, Microsoft has opted to make the Surface tablets—both hardware and software—on its own. This stands as a huge affront to Microsoft’s longtime PC partners. Making matters worse, the Surface products look far better than anything else the PC makers have shown to date on the tablet front. Even Apple has been put on notice, if the hoots and hollers from the event were any indication.

 

Below is the detailed specs of these two Surface tablets:

 

Surface for Windows RT


Processor: NVIDIA ARM chip
Weight: 676 g,
Thickness: 9.3 mm
Display: 10.6 inch ClearType HD resolution touch screen
Battery: 31.5Wh
Input and output: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD camera, 2x2 MIMO antenna
Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
Annex: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
Listing Date: This fall
Price: Unknown

 

Surface for Windows 8 Pro


Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
Weight: 903 g
Thickness: 13.5mm
Display: 10.6 inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) resolution touch screen
Battery: 42Wh
Input and output: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2x2 MIMO antenna
Software: Windows 8 Pro
Annex: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand,, stylus and Palm Block
Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
Listing Date: About 3 months after the Windows 8 release
Price: Unknown

Surface has a full-size USB 2.0 port and comes with bracket, rear camera, detachable keyboard (3 mm) to touch, cover and colorful magnetic protective shell, which makes Surface look like a book.

At the same time, Microsoft also showcased the digital ink technology of Office running on the tablet. Like previous Tablet PC, this machine also comes with a stylus. Microsoft did not give up their development of digital ink technology.

 

If you like, you may have a look at the list to figure out how Surface tablets compare with the Apple iPad:

 

 

Apple iPad

Surface for Windows RT

Surface for Windows 8 Pro

OS:

iOS

Windows RT

Windows 8 Pro

Weight:

1.5 lbs

1.5 lbs

2 lbs

Depth:

0.37 inch

0.37 inch

0.53 inch

Display:

9.7 inches

10.6 inches

10.6 inches

Resolution:

2048 by 1536 pixels

HD

HD

Storage:

16GB to 64GB

32GB and 64GB

64 GB and 128 GB

Chip:

Dual-core Apple A5X

ARM

Intel Core

Wireless:

Wi-Fi, 4G options

N/A

N/A

Camera:

5 megapixel

N/A

N/A

Battery life:

Up to 10 hours

N/A

N/A