Microsoft adds the sexy Surface tablet to its lineup
Microsoft today unveiled the new Microsoft Surface, made exclusively by Microsoft, following drawn out rumors over the last several months. Most of the specifications and details were not confirmed with the announcement, but it was revealed that they plan on releasing two versions of the tablet.
One version is set to compete with Android tablets and the iPad, while the second, and more advanced version is set to operate like a PC.
What is known about the basic version is that it will be powered by Windows RT, a pared down version of Windows 8, and it will ave a 10.6-inch screen, weighing in at 1.5 pounds (roughly the same as the iPad’s 1.44 pounds), will be 9.33mm thin, and offer either 32GB or 64 GB. The magnesium casing will include a built-in kickstand and attachable keyboard.
The more advanced version will run the full suite of Windows 8, have the same screen size, and weigh 1.9 pounds, and will measure 13.5mm thin. This version will have USB 3.0 support, also includes a built-in kickstand, magnesium casing and will come in 64GB or 128GB variations. Additionally, this version will have a full HD resolution.
Both tablets also have fully functioning keyboards in touch and type versions, both with a trackpad, and while pricing has not been announced, it is said that the basic version will be released this fall, likely in October, and the advanced version should hit shelves 90 days later.
The iPad killer and other questions
Infoweek points out eight unanswered questions. Price, availability, performance, durability, unvetted touch covers, Xbox compatibility, OEMs, and of course, what happens to the current Microsoft Surface (remember that giant coffee table slash tablet?). Until these questions are answered by Microsoft, the tech world will remain reserved, despite the sex appeal of the device.
CNN says the five reasons the Microsoft Surface could be better than the iPad is the keyboard, size, power, USB ports, and Xbox SmartGlass. Many technologists are already calling it an iPad killer without seeing the specs, because most small businesses run on and are familiar with Windows, but until sales begin, it remains unseen, but it is clear that Android and iPad won’t be the only tablet competitors on the field for long.