So we broke the story earlier about the mysterious announcement for a possible Windows RT tablet. And much to our joy, we were right. At least in part. There’s far more to it than just a WinRT tablet. Welcome to the Windows Surface
The Windows Surface offers some unique features that other tablets have, but its been done a bit differently. There are two different tablets that Microsoft announced: a WinRT version and the Intel version. The WinRT version is 9.3mm thin, weighs 1.5 lbs, with a built in kickstand and a magnesium case (vapor mag, apparently the first). In addition, the WinRT version has USB 2.0 support (which for arm isn’t too bad at all). Microsoft’s Intel offering has a 13.5mm at 1.9 lbs and USB 3.0 support with the same vapor mag casing and built in kickstand. The Intel version will have 64 gb of flash storage that will go toe to toe with Samsung’s expected offerings, while the WinRT version will have 32 GB of flash storage. Oh, and it has Office – we can’t forget that.
Of course, the main talk of the town is the keyboard peripherals provided. The first being a touch cover, which is a capacitive touch keyboard without trackpad. The second keyboard peripheral, the type cover is a full touch tactile keyboard with clickable keys. The thinness of the keyboards are a bit remarkable, but of course are magnetically connected. The keyboards also come in various colors (a la something from Nokia perhaps), but still a unique peripheral that isn’t bulky and heavy as we have seen before (ASUS Transformer Prime, iPad peripherals).
Though there are questions, such as battery life and pricing. But there is a strange intrigue thanks to the keyboard and the way Microsoft announced. The main question is why is this better than the current king of the mountain, the iPad? We’ll keep you posted though.
So what say you? Is there some interest in it?
images from Microsoft