Microsoft today unveiled Surface: PCs that include two Windows tablets and accessories. Two models of Surface will be available: one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT, and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro. Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability of Windows 8, and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later. Both will be sold in the Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and available through select online Microsoft Stores.
Some of the products include:
Software takes center stage: Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio - the industry standard for HD. It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out.
VaporMg: The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.
Integrated Kickstand: The unique VaporMg approach also enables a built-in kickstand that lets you transition Surface from active use to passive consumption - watching a movie or even using the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras. The kickstand is there when needed, and disappears when not in use, with no extra weight or thickness.
Touch Cover: The 3 mm Touch Cover represents a step forward in human-computer interface. Using a unique pressure-sensitive technology, Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. It will be available in a selection of vibrant colors. Touch Cover clicks into Surface via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover. You can also click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.
More on Surface for Windows RT
OS: Windows RT Light: 676 g Thin: 9.3 mm Clear: 10.6" ClearType HD Display Energized: 31.5 W-h Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae Productive: Office '15' Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB
Surface for Windows 8 Pro
OS: Windows 8 Pro Light: 903 g Thin: 13.5 mm Clear: 10.6" ClearType Full HD Display Energized: 42 W-h Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB