Chapter 16: Microsoft Surface

Along with all the traditional PC vendors offering new equipment in time for the launch of Windows 8, what you will also find are Microsoft's own tablet devices, called Surface. There will be two Surface tablets available: one Intel-based tablet running the full version of Windows 8 Pro, and one ARM-based tablet running Windows RT.

Microsoft's Surface tablet comes with a built-in keyboard cover.
Microsoft's Surface tablet comes with a built-in keyboard cover.

It also has a stand so that it can be used easier on a desk.
It also has a stand so that it can be used easier on a desk.

A side view rendering of the Microsoft Surface.
A side view rendering of the Microsoft Surface.

The Surface is Microsoft's answer to the iPad, but it's not just a tablet device. It basically has all the capabilities of a regular computer and it even ships with a foldable keyboard and a stand so that you can use it like one when you need to be productive.

Both surface tablets will have a 10.6in screen, but the Windows RT-based Surface will be thinner and lighter, thanks mainly to its low-power ARM-based processor. The Windows 8 Pro version will feature USB 3.0, a micro USB slot, Mini DisplayPort, multiple in and multiple out (MIMO) wireless antennas and a pen input device with palm rejection. Storage for the Windows 8 Surface tablet will start from 64GB and go up to 128GB, while the Windows RT Surface will start at 32GB and go up to 64GB.

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