Microsoft unveils Surface tablets

10.7-inch portables rolling out with keyboard-sporting screen covers, integrated kickstands, 10.6-inch HD displays; no pricing announced.

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Microsoft today revealed Surface, a new line of tablets being positioned to take on Apple's iPad. The first two Surface models unveiled include a Windows RT edition powered by an Nvidia ARM processor, and an Intel Core processor-driven Windows 8 Pro unit.

The TouchCover combines a keyboard and magnetic screen cover.

Both Surface tablets will feature a 10.6-inch "HD display" with Corning Gorilla Glass 2.0, as well as a full-size USB port, microSD card port, and multiple configurations of system RAM. Microsoft is also touting built-in kickstands for the Surface tablets, as well as screen covers with built-in keyboards. The cover combos will come in two varieties: the Touch Cover will provide a 3mm-thin gesture-sensing keyboard for typing, while the 5mm-thin Type Cover offers moving keys for those who prefer a standard keyboard feel.

Pricing details for both versions of the hardware will be revealed closer to their launches. The Windows RT Surface is expected to arrive alongside the general availability of Windows 8, with the Windows 8 Pro Surface available 90 days later. For more on Surface, check out CNET's live blog of Microsoft's unveiling event for the tablets.

Surface for Windows RT
OS: Windows RT
Light(1): 676 g
Thin(2): 9.3 mm
Clear: 10.6" ClearType HD Display
Energized: 31.5 W-h
Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
Productive: Office '15' Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB

Surface for Windows 8 Pro
OS: Windows 8 Pro
Light(1): 903 g
Thin(2): 13.5 mm
Clear: 10.6" ClearType Full HD Display
Energized: 42 W-h
Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB

Discussion

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bigg_p
bigg_p

Looks like I'll be waiting until October to get me a new Laptop/Pad then :D

Been eyeing a Samsung Note for a while, but maybe I'll ease off the trigger a little on that for now...

zequex
zequex

I've had a Windows 7 convertible laptop for over a year now, and I can say they are amazing. Especially when you have pen input capability.

 

I know that Windows 8 has been designed from the ground up to be the best offering on PC's and tablets. One OS for both platforms rather than different OS's and billions of half-baked apps. 

 

With the inclusion of the slim keyboard, coupled with it's compact form, unlimited software options, ability to connect to a larger monitor and external hardware, this will be the new generation of laptops.

 

The "media consumption" tablets will fade out eventually.

They can only go so far before they become full fledged laptops.

 

Also, Microsoft has been working on the "surface" technology for YEARS before Apple released the i devices.

 

I look forward to seeing what they can do with it.

InquisitorCrox
InquisitorCrox

Windows 8 seems to be conceiced with that in mind, rather than desktop/laptops.

I wont be hurry, as i m sure that at least for a while, the games will have performance issues with it.

 

As far as the surface tablet is concerned.

We do not how much part of the windows 8 OS will be avialble for the tablet.

We might see a new OS, a hybrid between the PC OS and the mobile Win8 OS

The UI might be identic, but if the core OS is not quite the same, it wont be able to run the desktop programs.

Of course Win8 will have apps, prolly globally available and compatible though the desktop/tablet and mobile variants of the OS, but again this doesnt mean that you could play a game like D3, in this tablet...

Morfessa
Morfessa

Magnetic cover? Don't the magnets bother the computer's storage drives?

realguitarhero5
realguitarhero5

Ehh Android tablets are still going to be better IMO.  Android > W8 tablet = iOS

jhpeter
jhpeter

Now I on tablets trend. That crappy apple only stole from us with their crappy overpriced gimmick tools, now this is a tablet, and a computer in one thing !

Matthew-first
Matthew-first

I don't like Tablets and laptops... but that one is sweet. ;) goodjob ms

Topracer01
Topracer01

this will be interesting. i have been wanting to replace my laptop for a while now. perhaps i finally can.

Kinren1
Kinren1

Getting the Pro version.  A true tablet that I can actually do work on, is a winner to me.  I almost got a IPAD, glad I did not.  I can't wait to install all my  old games and next gen. Also, all my programs, UDK, SONAR, Visual Studio, Office, PhotoShop, the list goes on. Plus, I will have the IPAD toy aspect, where I can watch movies and surf the web with my fingers.  Now I got my portable XBOX.  Just plug in my xbox controller and play high end games from anywhere I am. I can't wait!

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

A screen cover that's also a kbd. USB and SD card Slot. I'm sold. I was holding out to get an iPad 3, but now I'm getting a Surface.

suprsolider
suprsolider

This is going to flop. It's a simple fact. I can already prove that.

If this was 2 years ago, they would have a shot, but they are too late now.

Apple already owns 68% of the tablet market and Google's Android and RIM's Blackberry take the other spots left. There is no room left. The game is lost before it even started.

 

As for people saying Windows 8 will be good. No, it won't. Metro is horrible and compared to my Arch Linux computer it is total crap. Windows only wishes it could be half as good as Linux.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

The ONLY advantage MS tablet has over others is the possible integration with the workplace ecosystem.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

I'd considered getting one of these over an Ipad.

blackace
blackace

If Microsoft can get this out for under $300, they should be ok. The IPad's are overpriced, but if you are able to get them at a lower price, it's worth owning. I love my IPad 2. I have no desire to buy another one until the IPad 5 is announced. M$ was suppose to have this tablet out over a year ago. It's a little late to the party.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Personally i think if MS hit all the right marks with pricepoint and feature sets etc, theyll have a real winner on their hands.

eliebaz
eliebaz

hopefully they will prove a worthy competitor for the insanely overpriced ipad, with which you've got to buy 100 other non  included things like a simple screen cover!

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

nice, i might finally look into this tablet market

Drakillion
Drakillion

Surface? Yeah, I'll stick with the name SmarGlass thank you :P

 

Anway, I think it's kind of stuck in between a notebook and a tablet and that might be an issue for it.

 

I have to admit, I can't say I like Windows 8's interface but it felt a bit like Windows 7 but with tablet ergonomics in mind. It wouldn't be right if it had the same setup for a regular computer. ""Ahhhh! I'm trying to select this program but it keeps selecting the ones adjacent to it. FML."

EdotheHero
EdotheHero

I was going to get the next iPad next year, but this just made me change my mind and now I'm going to wait and see what Microsoft has come up with, especially with the Windows 8 Pro version :D

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

I'm happy with ma iPad 2 but this seems like the iPad killer seeing its made and sold by M$

innocent69
innocent69

remember right after the MS Press Conference, the trolls were raging about how Smartglass was pointless and stupid. Who's stupid now ?? Eat your words trolls !

squall_83
squall_83

And it will cost FAR less than the iPad 3 does today. Mark my words.

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

 i hope the prices are as cheap as all the pc stuff

apple is soooooooooo overpriced

GamerNerdTalk
GamerNerdTalk

I kind of wish I never had a tablet already, this one looks really good

rarson
rarson

Windows 8 is going to surprise people. It works a lot better than you might think. I ran the Consumer Preview for a while and was very impressed. The people that are complaining about the interface obviously haven't tried it yet.

 

I say this as a huge fan of Windows 7. I liked XP and hated Vista, enough to keep XP until Windows 7 was finally released. 7 was really a huge improvement over XP in many ways, and while 8 is not a huge improvement over 7, the interface is good enough that the OS can actually be used for both tablets and PCs. Performance seems to have improved over 7 as well. So while I do love 7, 8 is all-around better and I won't hesitate to switch.

 

Metro takes a little adjustment as a PC user, but it's not hard to figure out at all, and there are some nice UI features to it that I actually appreciate.

nickydanooz
nickydanooz

I was thinking MS tablets (and windows 8 in general) was gonna suck. But after researching this thing. Im impressed. I think the Pro version is more of an ultrabook. Plus having an ivybridge processor to play diablo 3 is a plus :)

ciphfer
ciphfer

The price will be the deal maker or deal breaker.

EPaul
EPaul

Looks sexy as hell but i'm afraid to hear the price

metalkid9
metalkid9

finally a tablet that I consider buying. 

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

Now this looks much more promising than iPad.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

LOoks pretty nice. I'm sure a lot of people are gonna slam Microsoft for this, but I think it's a step in the right direction for them anyways. They really aren't able to get any marketshare in the smartphone arena, so why not try another , yet slightly similar field.

Superman_legend
Superman_legend

Does look expensive. But hey IPAD was like $800 starting out which was ridiculous for a big iphone which isn't a laptop replacement by any means with its restrictions. Now its better and cheaper. So the value of this is hopefully good from the start or over time. lol, How many devices will we have in the future per person?

Superman_legend
Superman_legend

I'm an android for smartphones/tablet fan and a PC user for work and games. This looks great for a windows tablet, maybe good for more work intensive purposes than play but I wish the best for it. Cool keyboard and cover, very creative. I keep an eye out. Hope my desktop PC doesn't look like that though in the future. This maybe a tablet that can be a true laptop replacement. 

rarson
rarson

 @InquisitorCrox

 

"Windows 8 seems to be conceiced with that in mind, rather than desktop/laptops."

 

It works equally well on PCs as it does on tablets.

 

"I wont be hurry, as i m sure that at least for a while, the games will have performance issues with it."

 

The Consumer Preview is actually a bit faster than Windows 7, and gaming is no problem.

 

"We do not how much part of the windows 8 OS will be avialble for the tablet."

 

There are only two flavors of Windows 8: the x86 version, and the ARM version. Aside from that, I'm sure Microsoft will create different variants, like "Home" and "Professional" but these only delineate which features are included or excluded, just like Windows 7. The OS itself is exactly the same, whether it's running on a tablet or a PC. That's the entire purpose of Windows 8.

 

"but again this doesnt mean that you could play a game like D3, in this tablet"

 

Probably not, because Intel's IGP kinda sucks. Ivy Bridge is barely competent at minimal gaming.

rarson
rarson

 @Morfessa

There are no drives in these, they use solid state storage.

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

 @Morfessa The magnets they use would have to be too weak to effect the drives in the tablet. Well, the earth itself has a natural magnetic field but too weak to do anything. A powerful magnet would be an issue, even refrigerator magnets pose problems It think. Even the weak ones make me worry though, even if there's no danger. 

rarson
rarson

 @Kinren1

 

Good luck playing high-end games with Intel graphics.

rarson
rarson

 @suprsolider

 

"As for people saying Windows 8 will be good. No, it won't. Metro is horrible and compared to my Arch Linux computer it is total crap. Windows only wishes it could be half as good as Linux."

 

It IS good, clearly you haven't tried it yet. I've used it for several weeks and found it to be better than Windows 7.

rarson
rarson

 @suprsolider

 

Android leaves a lot to be desired. Windows 8 is a much more responsive OS. I can see plenty of people buying one of these.

strayfies
strayfies

 @ClaudiusCaesar The USB port doesn't hurt either, but I'm willing to bet pricing details are going to be a deal-killer for the workplace.

cr8ive
cr8ive

 @ClaudiusCaesar I'm yet to find a good android app to substitute for MS office. Damn you MS for turning me to an addict!

rarson
rarson

 @Drakillion

 

Windows 8 works very similar to Windows 7, it's just that it's laid out to be useful on both tablets and desktops. It takes a small amount of time to get used to it, but once you do, it's a breeze, even on a desktop. If you're like me and use a lot of keyboard shortcuts, you can still use them in Windows 8.

BryanBadillo
BryanBadillo

 @Drakillion Smartglass is an app that can be downloaded to any smartphone or tablet (apple, android or microsoft) wich work in real-time with the xbox 360

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @ciphfer well if it priced reasonable as retail Ipad 2. i will be getting it. A good combination of tablet and a netbook functionality.