In a press conference on June 18, Microsoft revealed its newest devices: Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro and Microsoft Surface Windows RT. In a press conference on June 18, Microsoft revealed its newest devices: Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro and Microsoft Surface Windows RT. Executives referred to both products as tablets, though at nearly two pounds the Surface Pro is heavier than any tablet on the market (Apple’s iPad, for comparison, weighs just under 1.5 pounds) and may be in more direct competition with lighter laptop models. The Surface RT, however, is within the same size specifications as the iPad. Both models incorporate a kickstand built into the tablet itself as well as a 3mm Touch Cover, available in multiple colors, that clicks into Surface magnetically and works as both a keyboard and a protective cover. According to Microsoft, Surface is designed to allow software to take “center stage.”
Although only unveiled a few days ago, the web is already buzzing with speculation as to whether or not Microsoft will be able to compete in the existing market for tablets and similar devices. The editors at Engadget offer a range of opinions on the hardware design, the potential complications of two similarly named products with two different operating systems, and the questions that Microsoft has yet to fully address, such as battery life, finalized pricing, and RAM figures. Meanwhile, PCWorld offers a helpful comparison of both Microsoft Surface devices against other major table products, such as the iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Toshiba Excite. Microsoft Surface is slated to hit the market towards the end of this year, around the same time as the release of Windows 8.
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