Microsoft Unveils Its New 'Surface' Tablet [Video]

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Microsoft has unveiled a new 'Surface' 10.6-inch tablet with a keyboard touch cover.

Today at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft unveiled Surface: PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. Company executives showed two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail. Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise. It delivers the power of amazing software with Windows and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience.



ADVANCES IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft employees, and building on the company's 30-year history manufacturing hardware, Surface represents a unique vision for the seamless expression of entertainment and creativity. Extensive investment in industrial design and real user experience includes the following highlights:

Software takes center stage: Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD. It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out.

VaporMg: The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.

Integrated Kickstand: The unique VaporMg approach also enables a built-in kickstand that lets you transition Surface from active use to passive consumption – watching a movie or even using the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras. The kickstand is there when needed, and disappears when not in use, with no extra weight or thickness.

Touch Cover: The 3 mm Touch Cover represents a step forward in human-computer interface. Using a unique pressure-sensitive technology, Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. It will be available in a selection of vibrant colors. Touch Cover clicks into Surface via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover. You can also click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.


An Amazing Windows Experience
Two models of Surface will be available: one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT, and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro. From the fast and fluid interface, to the ease of connecting you to the people, information and apps that users care about most, Surface will be a premium way to experience all that Windows has to offer. Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability of Windows 8, and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later. Both will be sold in the Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and available through select online Microsoft Stores.


Contributing to an Expanded Ecosystem
One of the strengths of Windows is its extensive ecosystem of software and hardware partners, delivering selection and choice that makes a customer's Windows experience uniquely their own. This continues with Surface. Microsoft is delivering a unique contribution to an already strong and growing ecosystem of functional and stylish devices delivered by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring the experience of Windows to consumers and businesses around the globe.


Additional Product Information

Surface for Windows RT
● OS: Windows RT
● Light(1): 676 g
● Thin(2): 9.3 mm
● Clear: 10.6" ClearType HD Display
● Energized: 31.5 W-h
● Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
● Productive: Office '15' Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
● Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
● Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB

Surface for Windows 8 Pro
● OS: Windows 8 Pro
● Light(1): 903 g
● Thin(2): 13.5 mm
● Clear: 10.6" ClearType Full HD Display
● Energized: 42 W-h
● Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
● Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
● Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
● Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB

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. OEMs will have cost and feature parity on Windows 8 and Windows RT.

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Edgar - October 4, 2012 at 8:05pm
This product will put apple to shame since it can run a desktop OS. if only the iPad could run mountain lion that will be a different story. I have 3 Apple computers and i am getting this tablet as soon as it comes out. Microsoft has done it this time.
Huh? - June 20, 2012 at 3:55pm
Who's Microsoft?
No Ma'am - October 5, 2012 at 3:01am
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington that develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing. The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. Microsoft is the world's largest software maker measured by revenues. It is also one of the world's most valuable companies
matrixmaniac - June 19, 2012 at 4:57pm
I'm sorry that I'm not able to like the metro UI design despite appreciating it for being different from the others. Furthermore I'm sad not able to like the design of the pad itself as it's so 80's (except for being flatter than anything else in the 80's)... But I'm really surprised by MS about one thing: They seem to have been able to keep this whole thing secret! Something Apple doesn't seem to be able to do anymore... ... but maybe it was a lot easier for them due to lack of interest??
Cristian - June 19, 2012 at 4:02pm
Yup, i like apple products, I own a lot of them, but I kinda feel I need a change, I'm sick of their limited OS! Microsoft tablet will be a big success, I can be sure of that! P.S For the haters _!_
Noman - June 19, 2012 at 4:21pm
Second to that - and im sure so does million others who feel the same. iOS and OSX should merge or atleast have a option to bootup to the real OSX-mode.... the hardware is not anymore the hold up but Apple is.
Notch - June 19, 2012 at 3:20pm
If you consider the Microsoft success against an incredibly entrenched industry leader, Sony's Playstation, this could be a very exciting competition. I look forward to Apple having to earn their crown again.
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