Microsoft announces new tablet(s). Tasty specs inside.


Surface, revisited.

When we first heard of the Microsoft Surface, it was a multi-thousand dollar device that we would use to play parlor games and pay our restaurant bill with.

But Microsoft today revealed, in a mystery shrouded press conference, the near-future of personal computing.  Creation, and consumption, all done on one multi-touch device running Windows 8, the next version of Microsoft’s operating system.

Options, please.

There are actually two versions in the works.  One runs a lightweight version of Windows 8 called “Windows RT”.  This version will be more like the iPad and Android tablets that we have come to know.

The other version will run Windows 8 Pro, and is made for business or pleasure, packing the horsepower to finish tasks faster, or watch movies in higher definition.

Both versions come with VaporMg enclosures.  Using a new technology that allows for magnesium particles to be molded to very tight tolerances.  The screens are protected by Gorilla Glass 2, making both the case and the screens scratch resistant.

Under the hood.

Both versions are packing the power they need to to stand with all of the other tablets on the market, but some features help to be a head above the competition.  Some details:

OS Windows RT Windows 8 Pro
Weight 676 g 903 g
Thickness 9.3 mm 13.5 mm
Display 10.6” ClearType HD Display 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display
Battery 31.5 W-h 42 W-h
Connections microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Accessories/Specialfeatures Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
Stands VaporMg Case & Stand VaporMg Case & Stand
Storage 32 GB, 64 GB 64 GB, 128 GB

If you are interested in jumping on the tablet bandwagon, or you are tired of your old one, you can learn more from the official site here.

Warning: Pretty colors and fancy marketing

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