Microsoft announces Surface tablet computer


June 18, 2012

Microsoft is releasing its own tablet device, set to go head to head with Apple's iPad

Microsoft is releasing its own tablet device, set to go head to head with Apple's iPad

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Microsoft held an intimate gathering for the press this evening in Los Angeles to announce its latest hardware venture, the Surface tablet, an official Microsoft branded product designed from the ground up for Windows 8. Surface features a 10.6" ClearType Full HD display, as well as full sized USB ports and HDMI output. Microsoft also showed off the Type Cover, a screen protector that features a full laptop style keyboard and track pad, expected to launch alongside Surface.

Microsoft has announced two Surface models so far, one for Windows RT, the other for Windows 8 Pro.


Windows RT

  • ARM Chipset
  • Weight: 676 g (23.8 oz)
  • Thickness: 9.3 mm (0.36 in)
  • Battery: 31.5 Wh
  • Connections: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2X Wifi Antennae
  • Included in purchase: Office Home & Student, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Case details: VaporMg case and stand
  • Memory: 32 GB, 64 GB

Windows 8 Pro

  • Intel 22 nm Ivy Bridge chipset
  • Weight: 903 g (31.8 oz)
  • Thickness: 13.5 mm (0.53 in)
  • Battery: 42 Wh
  • Connections: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Micro DisplayPort, 2X Wifi Antennae
  • Included in purchase: Pen with Palm Block, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Case details: VaporMg case and stand
  • Memory: 64 GB, 128 GB

Microsoft has yet to include pricing or a launch window but here's a brief video showing off its new unit.

Source: Microsoft Surface


It looks fantastic, but the pricing will be the key to how it actually sells.

Dave Parrack

When manufacturers come out with a waterproof tablet/pad/slate with an easily removable/replaceable battery, I'll buy one.


I have faith in Microsoft. Although they've failed countless times in the tablet market, they keep on coming back - never giving up. That's the spirit. Sold my iPad 6 months ago because I wasn't too happy with the overall package of iOS. Will definately take a look at this once it comes out.

Sambath Pech

Nice looking tablet. Hate the look of Windows 8 though - wonder if you run another OS - probably not!

Kiwi Jono

Unfortunately without ANY dates, specification, or pricing, it is merely very intriguing and nothing more than beautiful design at this point.

James Ayers

They lost me at widescreen. Having bought tablets with both aspect ratios, 4:3 is so much better.

The emphasis on gray, magenta and cyan is sort of interesting, but I think it would get old and ugly pretty fast. If they had been more restrained with the colors, I think it would have been better.

Jon A.

Win8 has skins already becoming available to make it look and operate like older versions of Windows. and apparently iOS too. Search "AskVG" I get emails every other day from that site about them. I think the big use for Windows tablets is the ease of transfer from Win7/8 PC to Win tablet. I have utterly refused to get an iPad because of this and even an android tablet even though they can read/write/use Office documents, they can not run all my laptop PC programs. A Win tablet should. Awaiting reviews...

Mark in MI

Oh yeah, widscreen just about ruins it unless it is the ONLY way to fit a full keyboard with number pad. The release with a keyboard makes it actually a viable laptop replacement too. A tablet by itself is less useful when you actually need to type. screen keyboards are not nearly as useful without being able to feel the keys under your finger. Feedback like vibration is not enough, you need to feel the little cup shape of the keys (not flat keys like macs - yuk!).

Mark in MI

Microsoft - Great product announcement. I can't wait for the constant delays in availability and then the final release of a faulty product that takes ion's to fix. Microsoft - experts at customer service FAIL.

I made a decision to stop supporting these crooks years ago. They'd ripped me off one too many times delivering products that didn't work that constantly needed rebooting.

Des Shinnick

i think a tablet pc (with the swivel style face) will dominate this forever. more room for storage, memory, BATTERIES for when you wanna do something OTHER than facebook for an hour or two. I was lucky to skip vista, lucky to have a nice rig fixed to the wall with windows 7, and NEVER wish i had a laptop sized peice of glass in my pocket to tell me where the nearest starbuck$ was. no thanks. but i'm just ranting on caffiene in the morning. Good morning!

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