The New Tablet from Microsoft

There is a new kid on the block and it’s called “Surface”. Microsoft plans to rival Apple’s iPad which has been the leading tablet overtime.

Microsoft unveiled its own brand of tablet yesterday.

The new tablets will be powered by its upcoming Windows 8 system and contain a choice of an Intel or ARM-based processor.

The devices have 10.6 inch (26.9cm) displays, built-in kickstands and are housed in magnesium cases – which the company described as the first of their kind.

The ARM-based tablets are 9.3mm (0.4 inches) thick – slightly less than the iPad – and run the Windows RT version of the new system while the versions using Intel’s x86 technology run Windows 8 Pro and are 13.5mm (0.5 inches) thick. At the end of the day, the Surface with its bigger screens would be heavier than the iPad.

User Interaction:

Users can interact with the Surface via the touchscreen mode or via a pen accessory using what the firm dubbed “digital ink”. When the stylus is held close to the screen of the tablet it ignores touch-input from the users’ hands and “samples” the ink at 600dpi (dots per inch).

Storage:

Unlike the iPad where users can only get a maximum storage disk of 64GB (gigabytes). Microsoft is offering its intending customers a whopping 128GB.

The ARM-based version will be available with either 32GB  or 64GB of storage. Microsoft said they would be priced at a similar rate to other tablets using the same type of processor built by other firms while the Intel-based versions would be offered with either 64GB or 128GB of storage and would have price tags comparable to ultrabook laptops.

Our Verdict:

Microsoft might just have stepped on the toes of the manufacturers whose devices run on the windows platform because Microsoft plan to sell its own tablet at a competitive price. This will not be fair to other manufacturers due to the fact that Microsoft would not be required to pay for the licence to use its own OS.

The portability of the tablet makes it a desirable choice for buyers but with the Surface weighing about 567gramms, this might hinder sales.

For more information on the specs and everything about the Surface, please visit the respective links specs/about.

Finally, we also noticed some visible ports which could also entice customers who have longed for external connectivity port on the iPad.

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