So Microsoft has finally released the hardware for which Windows 8 was built- a tablet! The device is the first commercial PC that Microsoft has directly designed and sold.
The tablet features many of the now-standard tablet specs, including a 10.6 inch high-definition touchscreen and front and rear facing cameras, which all fit into a 9.3 millimeter! The Surface tablet will come in two versions, one running Windows RT, based on the same chip designs that power most tablets, and a higher-performance version running Windows 8 Pro.
The real buzz that is there is about Microsoft Surface being the direct competitor for Apple’s iPad but does Surface really qualify?
As said, Microsoft is going to release two versions of Surface- one running Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 designed to run specifically on ARM System on Chip (ARM SoC) while the other one that backs an i5 processor, yes, an i5 processor will be running a yet to be released Windows 8 Pro.
One thing that might come as a surprise to many, Microsoft is reusing a brand name it has used before. The first “Microsoft Surface” device, which began shipping in in 2008, was a giant touchscreen computer aimed at retailers and other commercial customers.
Talking about Microsoft Surface being an iPad competitor one can tend to believe that the high performance Windows 8 Pro running on i5 processor from Intel might come close!
Microsoft has included the fewest ports it could get away with; the bottom edge is filled with the magnetic keyboard connector, the top has the power button and the sides have two speakers, dual microphones, microSD, one USB 2.0 port (USB 3.0 for the Surface Pro) and Micro HDMI (on the surface Pro that’s mini DisplayPort), plus a magnetic power connector.
With a USB port on board, an i5 processor and Windows 8 OS that has been loved by many already (and despised by many as well), one can believe Microsoft Surface to create a buzz.
It’s still early or rather very early days for Microsoft Surface so how the device will perform is something that remains to be seen but is worth keeping an eye on.
We will do a detailed analysis of the device soon. Keep a check on this space for more.
In the mean time, here is the official video that Microsoft released for Microsoft Surface that gives you what the device backs.