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Microsoft unveils "Surface" Windows 8 tablets with various accessories

At Microsoft's "mystery" press conference earlier Monday evening, they unveiled their very own "Surface" tablets, both featuring Windows 8 and their own lineup of accessories.

During an unknown press conference this evening in Los Angeles, Microsoft  unveiled two of their very own tablets: Surface (Windows RT), Surface (Windows 8 Pro). Spec junkies will be disappointed, as Microsoft gave very few details about the actual internal hardware. Fortunately, we do know that the lower-end tablet, the Surface with Windows RT, has an NVIDIA-based ARM processor, a 10.6" Gorilla Glass 2 display, and an integrated USB 2.0 port. The higher-end model, the Surface with Windows 8 Pro, features an Ivy Bridge-based Core i5 CPU, a full 1920x1080 10.6" display, and a USB 3.0 port. Oh, and don't forget the front & rear HD cameras and integrated kickstand. Again, detailed specifications are a mystery at this point in time. Here's some more information about both tablets:

Surface Windows RT Tablet:

  • OS: Windows RT
  • Weight: 676 grams (1.5 pounds)
  • Thickness: 9.3 mm (0.4 inches)
  • Display: 10.6" multi-touch
  • Battery: 31.5 watt-hour
  • Ports: microSD, USB 2.0, micro-HDMI
  • Software: Office Home & Student 2013 
  • Available accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case/Stand
  • Capacities: 32GB, 64GB

Surface Windows 8 Pro Tablet:

  • OS: Windows 8 Pro
  • Weight: 903 grams (2 pounds)
  • Thickness: 13.5mm (0.5 inches)
  • Display: 10.6" 1920x1080 multi-touch
  • Battery: 42 watt-hour
  • Ports: microSDXC, USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort
  • Available accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case/Stand
  • Capacities: 64GB, 128GB

Exact availability and pricing information is also currently unknown at this time, but Microsoft says that the availability for the Windows RT tablet will be around when Windows 8 is launched, while its price will be in-line with current 32GB/64GB Android tablets, which can be anywhere between $399 and $599. For the Windows 8 Pro tablet, availability should be about 3 months after the launch of Windows 8, while its price should be in-line with current entry-level ultrabooks.

To go along with the new tablets, Microsoft also unveiled some new accessories. To start, we have the Touch Cover, which is just 3mm thin and features a keyboard & trackpad. It's essentially a touch-based keyboard, based off of how thin the product actually is. Next, we have the Type Cover, which is a 5mm thin and gives you large and more tactile keys for a more traditional typing experience. Regardless of which one you decide to use, your typing will be significantly faster.

Will Microsoft's official entry into the tablet space be enough for them to truly compete with Android and the iPad? Only time will tell, but based off of what they've presented the world with thus far, it will.



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Brian Sweet, 2012-06-19 (Update: 2012-06-19)