With the introduction of the Microsoft Surface tablets, the ‘ultimate stage for Windows’ is here, states the Redmond-based giant. These devices are apparently designed and engineered entirely by employees along with hardware developed by the company itself.
To craft out the slabs, Microsoft has adopted a technique called VaporMg. Through this, metal and deposit particles are molded together to deliver a finish that is said to be highly similar to a luxury watch and as thin as 0.65 mm. A built-in kickstand is further employed for better viewing, while a 3mm Touch Cover which comes in a wide selection of colors, allows users to quickly feed in text, supposedly faster than the on-screen keyboard.
Available in two variants, one with the Windows 8 Pro OS and a second running Windows RT, the slates are equipped with a full-sized USB port and feature a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display proffering a 16:9 aspect ratio. Additionally, its edges are angled at 22 degrees. This is done with an aim to deliver a ‘natural’ position for the PC.
On the specifications front, the Pro version packs in a microSDXC port, a Mini DisplayPort and a USB 3.0 output. Slated to arrive in 64GB and 128GB storage options, the device weighs just about 903 grams and measures 13.5mm in thickness. For the Microsoft Surface RT variant, the tablet has a mass of around 676 grams and encompasses various components as well as attributes within 9.3mm. They include a microSD bay, a USB 2.0 jack, microHD Video playback and Office 15 apps. For hoarding content, potential users can choose between 32GB and 64GB capacities.
The Microsoft Surface tablets release dates are expected to fall during the same time the Windows 8 and RT platform make their debut. Price details will surface as the launch date closes in. Moreover, the slates should retail affixed with competitive tags that are comparable to current ARM-based tablets or Intel-powered Ultrabook PCs.