After a lot of anticipation, wait and eagerness, Microsoft is finally out with its trump card. The company has kept us all in suspense as to what are the big news it was to offer today. And now, the company has gone on to reveal the first Windows 8 tablets, revealing their specs in all their glory and beauty.
For long, it has been suspected that Microsoft was working on a tablet of its own, all with a hardware and software which it is going to pack and market itself, much like Apple. And now, Microsoft has confirmed this.
At a press event today, the company unveiled what it is calling the Surface tablets. Essentially, there are going to be two models of Surface tablets.
One of the two will be tooling an Intel 22nm Ivy Bridge processor and will run Windows 8 Pro. It will be 13.5 mm thick and will weigh a mere 1.9lbs. This version will also have digital ink support, coming with a pen which will magnetize to the body. The display of the tablet is going to be a 10.6-inch ClearType ‘Full HD.’
The second model is the one which is based on ARM. It will make use of an ARM chip and consequently, will tool Windows RT. Being thinner than the other model, it is barely 9.3mm thick and comes at a weight of 1.5lbs. Microsoft says that this is the first ever PC with a vapor-deposited magnesium case.
Both models will come with a built-in kickstand. The ARM model will be available in 32GB and 64GB versions whereas the Intel-powered tablet will be available in 64GB and 128GB versions.
For now, the company hasn’t revealed anything regarding the retail pricing of these tablets and intends to reveal this near the availability of the tablets. The ARM-based Surface tablet will be available once Windows 8 debuts whereas the Intel-powered model will ship some three months later.
Source: The Verge