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MS Surface Preorder Starts Today, Windows 8 RT Tablet
      #43544 - 10/16/12 03:23 PM

Microsoft has shared more information about their Surface tablet, including pricing. The tablet goes up for preorder today at noon EST at and it starts at $499 for the 32 gig model. $599 scores you the tablet plus keyboard cover and $599 gets you the tablet, cover and 64 rather than 32 gigs of storage. This is a Windows 8 RT tablet that runs on the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core (same as Android tablets) and it has 2 gigs of RAM. Windows 8 RT runs the Modern UI (the new name for the Metro UI) with Live Tiles, but not the Windows desktop UI. It runs apps compiled for ARM, not Intel. In other words, if you want the full Windows experience with all your Windows apps, full Windows 8 is your pick rather than RT.

The Touch Cover is avaiilable in black, white, magenta, cyan and red, and it sells for $119 if purchased separately. If you prefer a thicker and somewhat more tactile typing experience, Microsoft offers the 5.5mm thick Type Cover in black for $129.


Software - Surface with Windows RT comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (which includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote)

Exterior - 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches, 1.5 pounds, VaporMg casing, dark titanium color, volume and power buttons

Storage - 32 GB and 64 GB options


Wireless - Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Cameras - Two 720p HD cameras, front- and rear-facing

Audio - Two microphones, stereo speakers

Ports - Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, headset jack, HD video out port, cover port

Sensors - Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass

Power Supply - 24W power supply

Warranty - One-year limited hardware warranty

Apps (included) - Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), Windows Mail and Windows Messaging, SkyDrive, Windows Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Xbox Games.


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