Looks Like The iPad Has Some Competition…Microsoft Introduces ‘Surface’

So yesterday’s big news was that Microsoft was holding a conference to introduce…well…something.  Predictions ranged from games, to a Windows 8 phone, to an Xbox Tablet.  Well, at 3:30pm Pacific time at Milk Studios, the rumors were put to rest when Microsoft introduced it’s very first tablet using Surface technology. 

Labeled as the Windows 8 companion hardware innovation, this tablet is coming equiped with a full fledged PC OS.  The Surface Tablet is coming in two flavors and also comes with a built-in kickstand, extremely thin keyboard, and a multi-touch trackpad.  For those of you who can’t get enough of tech specs, let’s dive in to the different versions, shall we?

Windows RT is the light version and probably the cheaper model.  It’s 9.33mm thick, 10.6in HD display, and it comes with microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover, and 32 GB or 64 GB hard drives.

For those who want the complete package, the higher end model is the Windows 8 Pro which is 13.5 mm thick, microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block, and have 64 GB or 128 GB options.

If you’re looking for more, those thin keyboards come in 5 different colors (black, red, white, blue, and pink).  The Surface will also have 2 cameras, called “Life Cams”, one in the front and one in the back.  Finally, because Surface is a full PC, it will be able to run full PC games.  Microsoft has also gone on record to say that it’ll run Civilization IV and V with ease.  At the time of this writing, no prices or release dates were mentioned.

So what do you think?  For those who have not jumped into Tablet-PCs, does this change your mind?  Will Apple fanatics make the switch or only laugh?

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2 Responses to Looks Like The iPad Has Some Competition…Microsoft Introduces ‘Surface’

  1. haddicus says:

    Civ IV, V? People play those?

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