Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Microsoft Announces Surface Tablet

The Telegraph reports: [edited]

Speaking at an event in Hollywood chief executive Steve Ballmer said the touchscreen devices, which are likely to launch from October, made 'no compromises' between tablet and PC capabilities.

Two versions were demonstrated, one running Windows RT, the new version of Windows that resembles Windows Phone and uses low power processors, and another running the full Windows 8 and using traditional Intel chips.

Although no prices were announced, some specifications were released. The two devices will be 9.3mm and 13.5mm thick respectively, and both will feature 10.6” HD displays and a kickstand.

They will weigh 676g and 903g respectively, and also both come with a new case incorporating a thin keyboard. The Pro Version offer up to 128GB of memory, while the RT will come with either 32GB or 64GB.

In a Microsoft press release, the company claimed “Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD. It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out”.

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