The major announcement has concluded, and the result?  A Microsoft tablet called “Surface” that runs Windows 8.

The major announcement has concluded, and the result?  A Microsoft tablet called “Surface” that runs Windows 8. 

Let’s just ignore the bigwigs’ speeches and dive right into what matters, and that’s the specs and features of the Surface tablet. 

The tablet is 9.3mm in thickness, and features USB 2.0 connectivity.  It has full magnesium case (VaporMg), and weighs 576 grams.  It boasts a full HD display that supports Clear Type.  Naturally, you would expect it to have access to Windows apps.  An optically bonded display provides a more natural writing/touch experience.  It’s optimized for Windows 8, and has built-in dual 2×2 Memo antennas.  There’s a built in kickstand, and a 3mm thick cover that converts into a multi-touch keyboard.  HDMI is built-in, and so are the front and rear cameras.

As for pricing, the Windows RT version (32/64 GB) is comparable to other ARM tablets (Asus Transformer Prime 32GB goes for about $500).  The Pro version (Intel based, 64/128 GB) is priced in the range of Ultrabooks (~$700+).  The RT version will launch alongside Windows 8's launch date, but the Pro version won't come around until three months after.

Other nifty features include a Touch Cover that turns the tablet different colors when activated.  The Touch Cover itself has an accelerometer built in and you can personalize the colors of the Touch Cover as it comes with seven layers. 

That’s it for Microsoft’s major announcement.

Source: engadget.com via Live Coverage

Official Website: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/us/default.aspx

Official Press Release: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2012/jun12/06-18announce.aspx

 

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