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jun 19, 2012

microsoft surface tablet

the microsoft ‘surface’ tablet

microsoft has entered the hardware market with its first tablet, the microsoft ‘surface‘, just unveiled at an LA press event. a consistent design scheme across two models of technical specifications delivers microsoft operating system and software in a 10.6-inch screen tablet.

the casing of ‘surface’ is created using a technique called ‘vaporMg’, a molding and depositive process that generates extremely thin (as low as .65mm) but rigid components. the tablets feature an integrated kickstand.

most innovatively, the tablet is compatible with two smart touch covers that double as input devices when removed. measuring 5mm thick, the ‘type cover’ features a traditional plastic keyboard; the ‘touch cover’, at just 3mm thick, functions as a full QWERTY keypad with touch-sensitive not mechanical keys. both click onto the ‘surface’ via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a book-like spine. produced in a range of colours, the devices also make the background of the surface change to match the shade of the accessory when it is connected.

with edges angled at 22 degrees, the ‘surface’ tablet is available running windows RT or windows 8 pro, the former of which is lighter (at 676 grams to the pro’s 903 grams) and thinner (9.3mm to the pro’s 13.5mm). both feature a 10.6-inch cleartype HD display (full HD in the pro version). ‘surface for windows RT’ uses a NVIDIA chip while ‘surface for windows 8 pro’ uses ivy bridge. the tablets feature HD front and rear-facing cameras.

3/4 rear view, with integrated kickstand extended

profile, with smart cover (at left) attached) and kickstand extended (right)

the smart covers– ‘touch’ or ‘type’– are produced in a range of colours

microsoft ‘surface’ teaser video

  • Nothing elegant or particularly pleasing about it. All derivative. And it’s stuck running Windows. One fears millions of corporate schmucks will end up with it as their daily interface because it’s cheaper. Too bad.

    Tom P says:
  • Doesn\’t really appear like a well-thought out design. It looks like the bottom of an old IBM Thinkpad was used as the starting point, and the designers never deviated away from it. Although I just love the complete rip off of Apple\’s Smart Cover. Very \”creative\”.

    That\’s why I have an iPad.

    JM2 says:
  • I’m an iPad owner, and I LOVE my iPad, but I think the keyboard integrated into the cover is genius. Still, I’ve tried various keyboards, and I still like the onscreen iPad keyboard best.

    Legman says:
  • I own an ipad, and I think this makes up for a fair bit of functionality i think my ipad lacks. Nice!

    sean says:
  • looks totally awesome and will actually be the best tablet ever made!

    quarkfrosch says:
  • too complicated. too many folds. except for the touchscreen it is nothing but a netbook. but i’ll get one if it sold for $19.99 from Walmart or K-mart.

    nelson d reyes architect says:
  • thank you for the post and i really like the product, actually i didn’t buy IPad because i hear about this tablet release from Microsoft as the founder of this idea that was in 2002 when bill gate introduced the tablet PC

    Bashar gabon says:
  • If you didn\’t know it was Microsoft, then you would say it ticked all the boxes that IPad missed; keyboard, USB \’work\’ productivity (as opposed to \’play\’), and maybe even price.
    So credit to them for that.
    Glad someone in Msoft is finally working on something more than just another iteration of Windows, or kiddy-style MS Office layouts.
    Big problem they have now, is MS do operating systems, applications software, and hardware. They will have to be broken up. (So will Apple of course) Two giant monopolies.

    MacKenzie Collins says:
  • its not the first tablet from microsoft

    empfehlenswert says:
  • It’s kind of confusing.
    First it was cool to have a laptop, then it was cool to have a tablet and now a tablet with a keyboard…. Don’t you see some irony there?

    letsjump says:
  • Just the BEST!!

    stawsky says:

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