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Apple and Google were not expecting the reboot of the Windows Phone 7 platform to kick off so well. Now, the Microsoft Surface Tablet is ready to create even more turbulence in the world of technology. Can the new Surface bring Microsoft back to the game? Or will it prove to be a product which the competitors will laugh at? Let us find out through this Microsoft Surface tablet review.
The Surface is a new tablet device introducing the latest Windows 8 operating system. The device will be branded by Microsoft itself. It will be available in two variants – Pro and RT. The Pro version will offer you a full fletched desktop experience along with the ability to run Windows Phone 8 applications as well. The RT version will not sport the desktop, hence will not have the ability to run desktop applications. However, it will run Modern UI apps and Windows Phone apps too.
The Microsoft Surface Tablet has been designed to meet the “slim factor” standards which consumers crave about. With the RT version being 9.3mm thick and weighing 676g while the Pro version being 13.5mm thick and weighing 903g, there is no reason to complain about the device being too bulky.
The casing, VaporMg, promises to make the device much stronger, while cutting down on the thickness as well as weight. The VaporMg will mostly protect the back side of the tablet, with the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protecting the front side.
The back panel has an inbuilt kickstand for avoiding to hold the Microsoft Surface tablet on your hands while viewing media content.
The Pro version will boast of an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, equivalent to those found on ultrabooks. The RT version will use a battery friendly ARM processor, whose specifications are yet unknown.
Memory and Space
The RAM of the tablet is speculated to be 1 or 2 GB. The RT version will be available in 32 and 64 GB storage options while the Pro version has 64 and 128 GB options. The storage memory can be extended with the help of memory cards.
Both the variants of Microsoft Surface tablets will have a 10.6 inch HD Display with ClearType technology. The tablet also supports digital inking with a sampling rate of 600dpi, so you can use a stylus on the product’s screen. While using the stylus, the tablet will automatically disable finger touch gestures.
High Definition cameras, whose specifications are yet to be disclosed, are fitted at the front and back of the device.
There will be USB 3.0, display out ports as well as memory card slots in both the devices. The RT version will support only MicroSD cards while MicroSDXC cards can be used in the Pro version.
A major concern of customers is the application support behind an OS. With the Windows 8 platform, you will not only be able to run the applications meant for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, but also applications created for Windows Phone 7 as well as Windows 7. So, by buying a Microsoft Surface tablet, you will be able to run more than a billion apps, including popular desktop programs like Photoshop and VLC Media Player.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The speculated price of the RT version is between $200-300, and the device will be released on October 26. The Pro version will be released three months after with a price tag between $500-600. Although this Microsoft Surface Tablet review covers the good aspects of the device, the reception by the consumer side always trumps a device’s specification, regardless of what the device has to offer.