After a 30 minute delay, we finally have the official announcement of the new Microsoft Surface Tablet. Designed with Windows 8, this tablet has some really eye popping specs:
- Windows 8
- 9.3mm thin
- Magnetized pen
- USB 2 ports
- 1.5 pounds
- PVD finish
- 10.6″ display (Gorilla Glass)
- Windows Store
- Built-in kickstand!
- Keyboard dock with touchpad
- Full Office support
This particular tablet does carry Microsoft’s own logo (more accurately, the Windows logo). It comes with a Type Cover tactile keyboard that comes in a variety of colors, a built-in kickstand, which will make use of pen input and “digital ink” which is sampled at 600 dpi (thanks Sean).
The display is set at 10.6 inches with the the latest Wifi standards. Gorilla Glass which is definitely from Corning’s own technology (which is also being used for Apple’s devices) is also being used here. We’re still questioning what Surface is powered by Windows RT (using ARM) or Intel chips for full Windows. It will be interesting to see how the public, developers and businesses view this.
It will also be interesting to see how Microsoft’s partners react to this (i.e. HP, Lenovo, Dell, etc.) All of whom committed to creating hardware for Windows 8.
Of course, the thing in everyone’s mind: How much is this going to cost? We’ll keep you posted as more develops and stay tuned for the next upcoming LTG podcast.