Microsoft surface: Things to know
Microsoft Surface, the tablet, which will run on the yet-to-be released Windows 8 operating system, is software giant’s big attempt to grab a share of the tablet market, presently dominated by Apple’s iconic iPad and Samsung Galaxy series.
So, here we bring you things you must know about Microsoft Surface:
Weight and Thickness:
At 9.33mm in thickness, Microsoft Surface weighs 676 grams. The other variant of Microsoft surface weighs 903 grams and measures 13.5mm in thickness.
Surface screen measures 10.6-inches with 16:9 widescreen featuring ClearType HD Display technology. The device also features ultra-wide angle for viewing.
The tablet’s screen can auto-adjust according to the light intensity either indoor or outdoor. Microsoft has kept the screen size same for both the variants.
OS and Processor:
Microsoft Surface will run on Windows RT and the device will be powered by ARM processor.
The other variant, which weighs 903grams, will run on Windows 8 Pro edition and will be powered by an Intel processor.
Microsoft Surface sports two cameras called as LifeCam. The front-facing LifeCam can be used to make video calls and video chats while the rear-facing LifeCam which has been angled to 22 degrees lets users record various events by keeping Surface on Kickstand.
Surface comes with a built-in Kickstand that lets users place their tablets vertically on a table. Both the variants of Microsoft Surface sport a keyboard and a trackpad protected by a 3mm thin, pressure sensitive cover called Touch Cover. Touch Cover will be available in five different colours.
The version featuring Windows RT has connectivity options like microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD video, 2×2 MIMO antennae, Office Home & Student 2013 RT.
The Windows 8 Pro version has microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Videoand 2x2MIMO antennae. Both the devices also feature stereo speakers and dual microphones.
Storage and Battery:
The tablet running on Windows RT will pack 31.5W-h battery and is configurable to 32GB and 64GB, while Windows 8 Pro variant boasts of 42W-h battery and is configurable to 64GB and 128GB.