The lights are on
Microsoft today announced a new tablet called Surface at a press event in Los Angeles this afternoon.
There will be two different versions, one for Windows 8 Pro and another for Windows RT. Below are the system specs as well as the added features. Microsoft said it's not talking about pricing or release date just yet. Be sure to check out the gallery at the bottom.
Software takes center stage: 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.
VaporMg: The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.
Integrated Kickstand: The unique VaporMg approach also enables a built-in kickstand that lets you transition Surface from active use to passive consumption – watching a movie or even using the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras. The kickstand is there when needed, and disappears when not in use, with no extra weight or thickness.
Touch Cover: The 3 mm Touch Cover represents a step forward in human-computer interface. Using a unique pressure-sensitive technology, Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. It will be available in a selection of vibrant colors. Touch Cover clicks into Surface via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover. You can also click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.
Surface for Windows RT
Surface for Windows 8 Pro
Looks like a tablet worth getting. I'm liking what I'm seeing. Hopefully the price is right.
Windows 8 looks nice, but looks a little too busy for my taste. Other than that, I would love to have it if the price is right...
I think this looks brilliant.
I hate tablets, but this one actually looks pretty neat.
It's cool that it has the Type Cover.