Microsoft Announces Surface Tablet PCs

Posted Jun 19, 2012

At an event in Hollywood, California, Microsoft announced tablet PCs called Surface.  The Microsoft Surface has a USB port, 16:9 aspect ratio (industry standard for HD), and it has edges that are angled at 22 degrees. The casing of the Surface uses an approach called VaporMg. VaporMg uses a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles to create a finish that is similar to a luxury watch. The VaporMg approach also enables the tablet to work with a built-in kickstand so that you can place the tablet on a tabletop and watch it without having to hold it up.

The tablet has a 3 mm Touch Cover with pressure-sensitive technology. Touch Cover is able to sense keystrokes as gestures, which enables you to touch type faster than with an on-screen keyboard. The Touch Cover clicks into the Surface with a built-in magnetic connector.

Two Types Of Surface

The Surface will be available in two different types, one that has the ARM processor featuring Windows RT and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro.

Both of these will be sold at Microsoft Store locations and through online Microsoft stores.

Below are the specs for the two Surface tablets:

Surface for Windows RT

  • OS: Windows RT
  • Light(1): 676 g
  • Thin(2): 9.3 mm
  • Clear: 10.6? ClearType HD Display
  • Energized: 31.5 W-h
  • Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Office ?15? Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB

Surface for Windows 8 Pro

  • OS: Windows 8 Pro
  • Light(1): 903 g
  • Thin(2): 13.5 mm
  • Clear: 10.6? ClearType Full HD Display
  • Energized: 42 W-h
  • Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB