Microsoft Surface Tablet Announced For Windows 8

Two editions of Microsoft Surface tablet were announce yesterday: the Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro.

MS-Surface-1

Here is the breakdown (No prices or release dates announced yet):

Surface for Windows RT Tablet

  • Processor: NVIDIA-made ARM chip
  • Weight: 676 grams
  • Thickness: 9.3 millimeters
  • I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD capactive touchpanel
  • Battery: 31.5Wh
  • Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
  • Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
  • Availability: Somewhere on either side of the Windows 8 launch (Fall 2012)
  • Pricing: TBD

Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet

MS-Surface-2

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
  • Weight: 903 grams
  • Thickness: 13.5 millimeters
  • I/O: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) capactive touchpanel
  • Battery: 42Wh
  • 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: TBD

During yesterday’s announcement there were two vital pieces of information that Microsoft refused to provide to the public – pricing and a release date. Also omitting battery life, processor speeds, amount of RAM and does any of the models come with 3G/4G. How are we to gauge a comparison against the iPad or MacBook Air?

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