Today at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, Microsoft unveiled their first ever tablet, the Microsoft Surface Tablet.
After first sending out cryptic invitations, predictions flooded from media and consumers alike – some favored Windows Phone 8, while other rumors included a potential Xbox Surface (with some questionably too-awesome specs), but the tablet was the most likely, and also what Microsoft unveiled.
The Microsoft Surface tablet comes in two options, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro.
Windows RT is the lightweight option, both physically and spec-wise. 676g 9.33 mm thick 10.6" ClearType HD DIsplay 31.5 Wh battery microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover 32 GB, 64 GB Windows 8 Pro, is the obvious pro option, and is touted as a "full PC." It comes with a heftier weight (and likely pricetag): 903 g 13.5 mm thick 10.6" ClearType Full HD Display 42 Wh battery microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block 64 GB, 128 GB Microsoft Surface comes with a sturdy, integrated kickstand and a SmartCover-esque cover, that features a fully functioning keyboard, with a trackpad. It connects with a "single magnetic click" that'll make it an ease to swap out (or just take off, if you'd rather).
Microsoft knows not everyone is sold on virtual keyboards though, and has created a high-tech cover for all those tactile typers.
"I can touch type on this as fast as I can type on any keyboard." said Microsoft's Michael Angiulo. Touch cover comes in five colors -black, red, blue, and pink.
Surface also comes with two cameras, called "LifeCams." The rear-facing camera is angled so when positioned on a kickstand, it can still record meetings with ease.
Because Surface is a full-on PC, it will run true PC games. Eric Neustadter, from Xbox Live Operations, tweeted colloquially that it could run Civ IV and V, unlike the iPad, and that it will be "the greatest Civilization-playing device known to mankind."
Microsoft has stated the tablet-PC hybrids will be priced competitively, but no mention of price or release date was mentioned.
Edited by Draztik, June 18, 2012 - 05:39 PM.