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Microsoft announces Surface tablet, with kickstand and fold-out keyboard

MrSeb (471333) writes | more than 2 years ago

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MrSeb writes "At its much-discussed “big unveil” this evening, Microsoft did indeed launch a tablet — but rumors that the device would showcase a Barnes & Noble partnership were misplaced. Instead, Microsoft showed a vision for a next-gen PC that combines the portability of a tablet with a minimalistic fold-out keyboard and integrated kickstand. Microsoft’s idea for the tablet (confusingly called Surface) is a device that integrates a better keyboard option than typing on the screen without adding size or weight. That’s where the new keyboard — which doubles as a screen cover — kicks in. At 3mm thick, it adds virtually nothing to the device’s size, but it opens up a world of inputs. There are two covers available — the Touch Cover (very thin) and the Type Cover (with proper, tactile keys). Microsoft is touting the device’s magnesium body, vapor-deposited construction, full PC functionality, and additional features like being the first tablet to showcase a 2×2 MIMO wireless antenna. Windows RT (ARM) and x86 versions are both in the works, with the x86 version apparently having a higher quality screen. No word on hardware specs yet; Microsoft is claiming it “rivals the best ultrabooks” and uses less power than the Core i5. I'm a little bit dubious on that front — and also dubious about how Microsoft's hardware partners will receive this new, rather competitive offering..."
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Where's the Price? (1)

theodp (442580) | more than 2 years ago | (#40365779)

If you're going to do a Steve Jobs-like presentation, at least include the prices like he did [] . A firm delivery date would be nice, too!

Specs (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40365801)

There actually are some specs [] on the official website, though they don't say anything about the CPU.

Re:Specs (1)

cplusplus (782679) | more than 2 years ago | (#40365929)

Some are reporting that the x86 will be a top end Intel Core i5. Not too shabby, actually. Overall these sound like really decent tablet PC things.

Re:Specs (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40365955)

The precise wording was "faster than a Core i5".

But the Intel one is less impressive - at 900 g, that's a tad heavy for a tablet (iPad is around 650 g) - and we've yet to hear about the battery life on that thing.

Two Versions That Miss Both Their Target Markets (1)

V_Vedra (2422310) | more than 2 years ago | (#40366387)

So there are two versions:

1. A very expensive x86 version that is almost double the weight of an iPad or Android tablet. It runs existing Windows apps that no one in the tablet world cares about or has ever expressed any desire to run.

2. A less expensive ARM version that has almost no software written for it and that developers have no reason to target instead of Android and iPad.

Both versions run a version of the despised Metro-ish interface from the dead Windows Phones and hated Windows 8 UI.

No One Seems To Care (1)

V_Vedra (2422310) | more than 2 years ago | (#40365891)

Microsoft really shouldn't have called this a 'major event'. Now the few places around the net that are actually covering this thing are all using the phrase 'major event' sarcastically.

All Microsoft accomplished today was reminding everyone they aren't Apple but wish desperately to be so.

Not only does it sound decent... (1)

MPAndonee (1765248) | more than 2 years ago | (#40366199)

But the price sounds like it will be competitive with the iPad, unless, Apple decides to discount their tablet before the FALL when this thing comes out. However, there is still one hole in the overall package here.... the OS.
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