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First pics of Microsoft's Surface tablets emerge

updated 08:25 pm EDT, Mon June 18, 2012

Showing off tablet, keyboard cover

Today Microsoft pulled back the veil on its much-rumored tablets. Dubbed "Surface," the Microsoft-branded tablets run either Windows 8 Pro or Windows RT and feature a novel cover that doubles as a keyboard. The company has followed up with images showing off both the tablet and its productivity-oriented keyboard cover.

Both tablets share a 10.6-inch display, though the ARM-based Windows RT model brings a thinner chassis that measures just 9.3mm thick. The Intel-based variant, in contrast, steps up to a 13.5mm-thick housing despite a smaller battery.

Microsoft has yet to announce pricing details or ship dates for either tablet.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Apr 2011


    An amazing surprise!

    Beautiful colors from a dull gray company.

    Wonder if they work as good as they look.

    The better for the desktop OS sucks.

  1. chas_m



    Looks nice, but

    I see three potential problems:

    1. That keyboard is too thin to have good key travel. There's no way I would ever use that.

    2. Making users choose between WinRT (which is all-new and thus won't have many apps) and WinClassic (which consumers will prefer for the familiarity) is a bold move that some geeks will love, but I predict consumers will hate having to choose.

    3. USB 3 only in the pro version? Hmmm. Might be a bad move.

    Also, no price was announced -- a key factor.

    Overall, I applaud MS for finally trying something new. Even the TV ad doesn't suck (it's a little overdone, but it's fine). As I mentioned, for some of us the idea of a clean break from classic Windows with WinRT is an exciting possibility. Credit where it's due, they are giving it their best shot. Sadly I think it's too consumer-oriented to really beat the iPad, but it could do some damage in the Android world and that is a net-plus as far as I'm concerned.

  1. chas_m



    Oh, and one more thing

    MS actually mentioned in the keynote that hardware and software work best when they are integrated together -- WHERE do you suppose they got THAT idea (along with the idea of a smart cover)???

  1. global.philosopher

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    Joined: Sep 2010


    No price announced - always dubious

    Because as usual it is most likely a while before it is manufactured and in the meantime component prices come down. If they new when it was being released they could give an exact price but they are probably still developing the software (considering one of the tablets looked to freeze up during the demo).
    Once they get it stable they can look at what the componennt prices are and then set a price.

  1. bigjimid

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2009



    Chas_m - I think they used the idea of integration from their experience with the Xbox and Zune.

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