Microsoft will release two models of the tablet with Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro. The first will be based on the architecture of ARM, the second will be an Intel Core third generation. Sales will begin later this year.
Microsoft’s event in Los Angeles, as expected , introduced its first branded tablet PC, called Microsoft Surface – borrowed from the existing industrial touchscreen computer Microsoft.
There were two models announced Microsoft Surface: Operating System Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro.
The model with Windows RT is equipped with a Nvidia’s ARM-architecture, a slot for memory cards microSD, support for USB 2.0, HDMI connector and a battery capacity of 21.5 Wh. The thickness of the device is 9.3 mm, weight – 676 ??A computer is available with built-in memory 32 or 64 GB. The package will include a suite of applications Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT.
The second model, with Windows 8 Pro, equipped with a processor Intel Core (shown during the presentation of a model with a Core i5, code-named Ivy Bridge), memory card slot for microSDXC, support for USB 3.0 connector and Mini DisplayPort. The battery in this model is 42 Wh. Thickness – 13.5 mm, weight – 903 model will be sold with 64 or 128 GB.
And this one and the other model will be equipped with a 10.6-inch display, covered protective glass Gorilla Glass 2. In the model with Windows RT display will have a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, while the model with Windows 8 Pro – 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD). Aspect ratio – 16:9. Both models are equipped with two HD-cameras – front and back – built-in stereo speakers and microphone.
The tablet is equipped with a stand that is in the folded state is hidden in the body. It allows you to put the device at an angle to the table. As an accessory will be offered the Keyboard Touch Cover. This keyboard with a thickness of 3 mm, both will play the role of the cover that protects the screen. It also features a trackpad. The keyboard will be available in five colors: black, blue, orange, pink and white. Connection to a computer by using a magnet.
Keyboard Touch Cover has a touch-sensitive keys, which record the pressure of fingers. In addition to the Touch Cover, Microsoft suggested that Type Cover the keyboard with mechanical keys. Its thickness is 5 mm. The corporation did not specify what kind of keyboard will be included. In addition, the model with Windows 8 Pro will support pen input.
Proceed to the sales of Microsoft Surface Windows RT planned with the launch of Windows 8. Model 8 Pro with Windows scheduled for release within three months after the first model. RTM-output version of Windows 8 is expected in July, and general availability of the new operating system – in August, according to CNet.
The specific cost of plates in the Microsoft did not name, promising to make it closer to the beginning of sales. However, the company said that the cost of the first models will be compared with other tablets on ARM-architecture (which include iPad), and the second model – the cost of ultrabukov. The company did not specify who will make the device.