Microsoft Announces Surface Windows 8 Pro and Surface Windows RT 10.6-inch Tablets

A Microsoft event was held yesterday in Hollywood California. On the event, Microsoft announced its own tablets in Surface family. There are two variants will be made, the first is running on  Windows RT OS and the other is running on Windows 8 Pro.

Microsoft Surface Tablet

The first tablet that running on Windows RT operating system has a thickness of 9.3 milimeter (only 1 mm thicker than iPad) and weighs 1.5 pound. The casing of Surface Tablet is made of magnesium. Micorsoft calls Surface as a full PC. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass. There’s also a magnetic cover like Apple Smart Cover for iPad. But the Microsfot’s has multi-touch keyboard inside.

Microsoft Surface Tablet

Microsoft also showed Surface Windows 8 Pro with a stylus. The stylus  pen is magnetically tethered on the side of tablet that allows input on the screen and refuse touch input to prevent accidental input. The digital pen has a density of 600 dpi.

Microsoft Surface Tablet

The RT version will be lighter and has less feature. Both tablets feature a 10.6-inch display, but with different resolution. The Windows 8 Pro version has Full HD resolution, while the Windows RT version has HD resolution.

Ballmer at the event said that it was as a historic day for Windows 8. With the launch of those products, it shows that Microsoft is not only software maker, but also hardware maker. However, Windows 8 based tablets will also be made by another manufacturers.

There’s no detail information about the price of Microsoft tablets. But, Microsoft said that those products will be sold at a price that competes with Intel Ultrabooks or ARM tablets. Surface with Windows RT will be available at the same time with the launch of Windows 8, while the  Pro version will be available 90 days later. Both will be available on Microsoft Stores and Microsoft Store Online.

Windows RT Specs

Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD
OS: Windows RT
Ports: microSD slot, Micro HD Video, USB 2.0, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Battery: 31.5 Wh
Thickness: 9.3 mm
Weight: 676 gram
Features: Type Cover, Touch Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Office Home & Student 2013 RT
Built-in storage: 32/64 GB

Windows 8 Pro Specs

Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD
OS: Windows 8 Pro
Ports: microSDXC slot, Mini DisplayPort Video, USB 3.0, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Battery: 42 Wh
Thickness: 13.5 mm
Weight: 903 gram
Features: Type Cover, Touch Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, Pen with Palm Block
Built-in storage: 64/128 GB

Microsoft is also preparing for another event that will be held in San Francisco this weekend. On that event, Microsoft is predicted to focus on Windows Phone. Will it announce Windows Phone 8?

Ivan Andrianto

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