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June 19, 2012

Win8 Surface Tablet Released by Microsoft Today: with Expectation to Win a Share of Profits from Tablet Market

Microsoft releases its own branded tablet computer Surface today. The standard version of this tablet is with 9.3mm thickness, 1.5 pounds (675g) weight, magnesium casing, 10.6-inch display, integrated design and Windows 8 system.

Two versions Surface RT and Surface Pro will be provided: the standard RT adopts ARM processor and run Metro apps only while the Pro version will be an all-functional PC which employs intel processor and are able to run all PC software. Surface Pro is with 14mm thickness and 2 pounds weight. 32G and 64G two models are included in Surface RT, 64G and 128G two models are covered in Surface Pro. The price has not been announced by Microsoft, but it is reported that it will be similar to AMR tablet and Ultrabook, so it is with certain competitiveness. The RT version and Windows 8 standard version will be released at the same time, and the Pro version will follow three months after this.

Surface for Windows RT tablet
● Processor: NVIDIA ARM Chip
● Weight: 676g
● Thickness: 9.3mm
● Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD touch screen
● Battery: 31.5 Wh
● Input and output: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD camera, 2×2 MIMO antenna
● Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
● Accessory: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
● Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
● Date to the market: Autumn 2012, around the release of Win8
● Price: unknown

Surface for Windows 8 Pro tablet
● Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
● Weight: 903g
● Thickness: 13.5mm
● Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) touch screen
● Battery: 42 Wh
● Input and output: microSD, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2×2 MIMO antenna
● Software: Windows 8 Pro
● Accessory: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand, stylus and Palm Block
● Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
● Date to the market: about three months after the release of Win8
● Price: unknown

Surface has full suze USB2.0 port, integrated support, rear-facing camera, removable keyboard (3mm) and the touch cover makes it look like a book. Microsoft also makes a demonstration on Office running on this tablet.

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