Yesterday in LA, Microsoft officially presented two models of new “Surface” tablets that are expected to be available in shops by the end of this year.
The tablets are operating on Windows 8 OS which represents according to the CEO Steve Ballmer, synergy of Microsoft's hardware and software.
Two models of ne Microsoft tablets are different in processors and OS:
- based on ARM's processor (Nvidia Tegra) with Windows RT (version for ARM tablets),
- based on Intel processors (Core i5 Ivy Bridge) with Windows 8 Pro version.
Actually, both of them are very similar devices with the same screen size (10,6 inch HD; 1920x1080 pixels) with powerful battery.
ARM tablet is just 9,3 mm in width ,with micro SD slot and USB 2.0 connection. It will be delivered with 32 or 64 GB internal memory. The other model, with Intel processor will be slightly thicker (13,5 mm) with USB 3.0 connection, 64 or 128 GB of internal memory, memory card slot and USB 3.0 connection.
Both models are „armed“ with back and front camera, microphones, integrated pedestal,…
Besides the tablets, Microsoft presented one more brilliant thing: extremely thin (3mm) keyboard that can be connected to the tablet. The keyboard, as they told us, is not classical keyboard but touch sensitive and in that way it will make typing more faster and more efficient than typing on the „standard“ virtual keyboards.
Microsoft did say precisely when the new tablets are be available on the global market but as far as we could find out – it will be after the official presentation of new Windows 8 OS.
Regarding the price – same story. But unofficially, to be a competitive to Apple and Samsung tablets the price will be, according to the Microsoft insiders, 500 USD and up (depending on the model).