Microsoft revealed the Surface, a tablet computer set to compete with Apple’s iPad. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO unveil the Surface Tablet at Hollywood’s Milk Studios in Los Angeles on Monday 18 June,2012. It’s interesting to see how far the Surface will go. As an Apple Evangelist myself, I do find the news refreshing. Maybe it’s good to have a bit of competitiveness. Rivalry will push companies to innovate even better digital devices that may be beneficial to consumer. My iPad is severely under utilized, so I may not run out and buy the Surface, but I would like to try it out. The detach-away keyboard is a pleasant surprise. Full size keyboards are heaven-send, especially if you are working on the go. I will update this post again with the latest findings. If you across any good reviews, please send it my way or leave a comment.
Download the Surface Specs here (pdf file)
What Microsoft says about Surface?
From touch to type, office to living room, from your screen to the big screen, you can see more, share more, and do more with Surface.
Create, collaborate, and get stuff done with Office.
Explore your world with fast, fluid Windows 8 apps.
Discover new music, movies, and games in the Windows Store.1
Always on the go
Surface is thin, light and it has a great battery. At 9.3mm, Surface for Windows RT is just thin enough to still sport a full sized USB port. Print, share, or charge your phone on the go.2 Head out knowing that you are ready for anything
Hands off entertainment
Surface has a 10.6″, 16:9 widescreen HD Display. Microsoft’s ClearType HD Display technology delivers a great picture for movies. An ultra-wide viewing angle makes it easy for your friends to share in the vibrant experience. The auto-adjusting screen intensity delivers great visual clarity, indoors and out. The addition of the Micro SD card slot means you can bring your entire movie and music collection with you on vacation.
Type with ease and get stuff done
Some activities call for a keyboard. Surface comes with an integrated Kickstand and a revolutionary, 3mm thin, pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a fully functioning keyboard and trackpad. Your Touch Cover connects to your Surface with a single magnetic click. Now you can chat with friends and respond to emails comfortably.
Capture life from all sides
Surface has not just one, but two cameras. Use the front LifeCam to chat with the people that you care about. The rear-facing LifeCam is angled to 22 degrees so you can flip out the Kickstand and record meetings and events hands-free. Stereo speakers and dual microphones tuned for Skype help you sound like you are right next door.
Protect what matters
Surface was designed to be your go-to-device. It comes with a precision crafted VaporMg casing that protects the vital technology inside and leaves a high quality finish and feel.
Touch Cover comes in five vibrant colors. Type Cover offers classic typing experience for those who prefer a more traditional keyboard. Pick the one that best meets your needs and represents your sense of style.
Published on Jun 18, 2012 by surface
A tablet that’s a unique expression of entertainment and creativity.
A tablet that works and plays the way you want.
A new type of computing. Surfac
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1Works exclusively with apps from the Windows Store.
HD Video Out also requires the HD Digital AV Adapter (sold separately).
Surface for Windows RT includes Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview
2Works exclusively with printers, mice, and keyboards certified for Windows RT.
Images are design renderings and not photographs
Would you give up iPad for Surface?