Microsoft announces the Surface Tablet

By on June 19, 2012
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The tablet wars have a new contender.

After days of speculation about what they were going to announce, Microsoft finally revealed yesterday what they had been keeping under tight wraps – the Microsoft Surface Tablet.


The 10.6 inch tablet will run Windows RT while the ‘Pro’ version will run Windows 8, and has some rather distinct features that make it stand out from current tablets in the market. For one thing, the tablet comes encased in what Microsoft calls VaporMg, and comes complete with a hidden kickstand to prop up the tablet. Surface also features a magnetically attached cover, which folds down to become a fully functional keyboard, something that goes beyond awesome.

Microsoft had a ridiculous amount of security at their press event, and were severely restricting filming and hands-on with the device itself. There’s no word yet on pricing but hopefully more details will follow soon such as app availability, potential Xbox integration and more.

Surface for Windows RT tablet
- Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
- Weight: 676 grams
- Thickness: 9.3
- Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD capactive
- Battery: 31.5Wh
- I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
- Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
- Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
- Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
- Availability: “Around” the Windows 8 launch (fall 2012)
- Pricing: To be determined

Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet
- Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
- Weight: 903 grams
- Thickness: 13.5 millimeters
- Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) capactive touchpanel
- Battery: 42Wh
- I/O: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2×2 MIMO antennae
- Software: Windows 8 Pro
- Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Pen with Palm Block
- Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
- Availability: “Three months after” the Windows 8 launch this fall
- Pricing: To be determined


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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