Microsoft is entering the tablet game – officially. The company has announced that it will rebrand the Surface line of touch tables into its line of tablets. The company will bring out two tablets – one featuring ARM and Windows RT, the other with an Intel Ivy Bridge processor with Windows 8 Pro.
Yes, you will be getting one version with WINDOWS 8. You can run your full screen apps on the tablet.
The new tablet features a new magnesium body using something calledVaporMg, which molds metals and creates a “finish akin to a luxury watch”. It also has an integrated kickstand – you may call it tacky, but you will be pleased that it’s integrated so you can watch your movies on it.
It will also feature a Touch Cover, which is like the Smart Cover for the iPad – except having a touch-sensitive keyboard. There will also be a Type Cover, which is a slightly thicker cover giving you a “more traditional typing feel”.
Another feature is “Digital Ink”, where you can simply use a stylus to write notes – a la the Galaxy Note. It features two digitizers – one dedicated for touch, and the other for digital ink so it does not get confused between one or the other. And you can just hook it on top of the tablet because its magnetised.
The Surface with Windows RT will be 9.3mm thin, though the Windows 8 model will be 13.5mm thin. Both will feature a 10.6-inch display. The Windows RT model will feature a microSD card slot, USB 2.0 port, microHD video port and will be in 32GB and 64GB capacities. The Windows 8, however, will have a microSDXC model, a USB 3.0 port, a mini DisplayPort video and be in 64GB and 128GB capacities.
No pricing has been announced, though “Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.”
However, knowing Microsoft’s partnership with OEMs with Windows, this will most likely be similar to how Google launched its Nexus line. It is the flagship model for Windows 8 for tablets, but OEMs will be having these features on top of additional powerful features in order to compete with each other and with the iPad.
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