Microsoft Surface tablet review, release date and price

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On Monday (June 18, 2012), Microsoft Corporation officially unveiled its first branded tablet at a much-hyped press event in Los Angeles. The new tablet line named Surface is said to compete directly with the Apple iPad. The introduction of Microsoft Surface came after a week of increasingly wild speculation with some predicting that Microsoft was unveiling its own TV, or collaborating with Barnes & Noble for some sort of tablet device.

Microsoft's new Surface tablet looked good at its introduction; however, the producer left a lot of unanswered questions about pricing, arrival date and connectivity.

1. Microsoft Surface tablet review

There will be two Surface flavors: Surface with Windows RT and Surface with Windows 8 Pro. The Surface RT will have ARM processor and the Surface Pro processor will be Intel. 

Microsoft Surface

The Microsoft Surface is light and comfortable to hold; the edges are sloped to give you a comfortable grip.

Microsoft Surface tablets

Both Surface tablets have a touch cover and a type cover.

Surface tablet

Microsoft does not say whether the new Surface devices would have 3G/4G Connectivity or not.

Specifications and features

Surface RT Windows Tablet

  • Operating system: Windows RT
  • Processor: Nvidia ARM
  • Weight: 676 grams/23.85 ounces
  • Thickness: 9.3 mm
  • Screen size: 10.6-inch ClearType HD
  • Battery: 31.5 Wh
  • Ports/connectors: MicroSD, USB 2.0, micro HD video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Softwares: Windows RT, Office home and student 2013 RT
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Vapor Mg case and stand

Surface Pro Windows Tablet

  • Operating system: Windows 8 Pro 
  • Processor: Intel third-generation Core (Ivy Bridge)
  • Weight: 903 grams/31.85 ounces 
  • Thickness: 13.5 mm 
  • Screen size: 10.6-inch ClearType HD
  • Battery: 42 Wh
  • Ports/connectors: MicroSDXC, USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort video  
  • Software: Windows 8 Pro
  • Storage: 64 GB or 128 GB 
  • Accessories: Touch cover, Type cover, Vapor Mg case and stand, Pen with palm block

Important feature

While the Surface Pro tablet is featured with a pen, which can be used like a real one, with digital ink annotating documents or filling in forms; the Windows RT Surface includes pre-installed Microsoft Home and Student 2013 RT.


Built-in stand – 0.7mm thick (comes with any Surface)

Surface Type Cover

Surface Type Cover – it’s a 0.5mm keyboard with actual keys and trackpad buttons.

Surface Touch Cover

Surface Touch Cover – (similar to Type Cover but slightly thinner) 0.3 mm thick full multitouch keyboard dock that also acts as a magnetic cover, with trackpad included.

Pen with Palm Book – a pen that magnetizes to the body of the Surface to offer digital ink support.

2. Price

Microsoft Corp. has not given the price detail for the new Surface tablet. However, it promises that both the Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro Surface tablets will be priced competitively with rival devices. Despite the fact that the organization doesn't say which rival devices, we expect the price to be similar to high-end Android tablets or the Ipad.

3. Release date

The detail about Microsoft Surface’s release is still kept under wraps. In fact, Surface RT is due to come out during the general release of Windows 8, which is expected in “this fall”. It means that Surface RT may be on the market around October, 2012. The Surface Pro is scheduled for its release about three months later, meaning in early 2013.

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This article was published on 2012/06/22