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Arinoth June 21, 2012 06:42 AM

Microsoft Surface
 
Seems like the news articles aren't linking to the forums, so here is HwC's news article on the Surface:

Quote:

The Surface family of tablets will have two lines: one geared for consumers while the other targeted towards professionals. According to a published spec sheet, the consumer line of tablets – available in 32GB or 64GB versions – will have an NVIDIA Tegra processor and Windows RT whilst the professional line – available in 64 GB or 128GB – will have Intel Core i5 chip and an x86 version of Windows 8.
Microsoft Unveils “Surface” Tablets | Hardware Canucks

Here's the keynote speech for the tablet:
Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Tablet : Keynote - YouTube

This thing looks like it could actually de-thrown the Transformer Prime and the iPad 3. The case is designed to be rugged and scratch resistant. Built in kick stand and magnetic keyboard, they don't want you to buy a case for this thing and advocate it's magnesium shell/case will hold up to a beating. The keyboard acts like a cover for the Gorilla glass they are using.

You can run 2 apps side by side, which is rather impressive and useful in situations where you are in a video chat/conference call and need word/excel open at the same time. Looks like they are advocating this thing as a tablet and a pc rather then just a tablet.

Apparently the Pro version is suppose "To have specs that rival most powerful ultrabooks"

great_big_abyss June 21, 2012 07:17 AM

I believe the PRO will sport an i5 processor. That's cool!

Arinoth June 21, 2012 07:25 AM

They said in the keynote speech it will have a third generation 1155, aka an Ivy as the processor. They also mentioned that the pro version is suppose to have specs to rival that of an ultrabook.

francisw19 June 21, 2012 07:52 AM

Very cool tablet! Whether or not this ends up being an "ipad killer", it's nice to see more competition in this market.

dandelioneater June 21, 2012 07:55 AM

I was skeptical at first, but my interest in these windows 8 tablets has been growing in recent months. Battery life and heat is still a concern of mine with the x86 versions of the device, So hopefully we will see some reviews emerging on the internets in the coming months.

Squeetard June 21, 2012 08:23 AM

If they have decent battery life i will definitely be getting one. I will go and work on the beach.

Arinoth June 21, 2012 08:34 AM

Well the Pro version has a 42 W-h battery, which is essentially the same as the Transformer Prime with the dock attached to it.

Apparently they designed some venting system to help them stay cool, details were in the keynote speech but I forget them now.

Fleurious June 21, 2012 09:07 AM

"Microsoft has yet to release details on pricing and availability."

I'm really curious what they plan on charging for the i5 version. Has anyone seen any leaked or unofficial prices yet?

great_big_abyss June 21, 2012 09:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fleurious (Post 636419)
"Microsoft has yet to release details on pricing and availability."

I'm really curious what they plan on charging for the i5 version. Has anyone seen any leaked or unofficial prices yet?

Rumor: Microsoft Surface tablets to cost $599, $799

Arinoth June 21, 2012 09:35 AM

Keynote speech mentioned RT version will come out with Win 8, the Pro version 3 months later.

For cost, they only mentioned the Pro would be in-line with ultrabook prices.


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