There has been plenty of buzz, in recent times, surrounding so-called “iPad killers”. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled its much-hyped tablet PC, Surface, which they believe will challenge the monopolising hold that Apple has on the tablet market. Microsoft’s renewed interest in this market is in response to the trend in consumers opting for tablets over laptops. It will be interesting to see how Surface influences Microsoft’s quarterly report after its release, which, by the way, is yet to be announced.
Microsoft’s Surface will be available in two versions, which have different operating systems. One will run on Windows RT (32 GB or 64 GB), while the other will run on Windows 8 Pro (64 GB or 128 GB). What’s more, despite being 4.2mm thicker, the latter will make use of Intel’s “Ivy Bridge platform” and therefore, will provide better power savings and performance. Both devices, however, will come with two USB ports, as well as a Micro SD slot for on-the-go file transfers – a useful feature that many competitor tablets lack.
According to Mashable.com, Microsoft’s Surface will also boast a 10.6-inch 16:9 widescreen HD display screen, made from scratch resistant Gorilla Glass.
Like Apple’s Smart Cover which attaches itself to the iPad via magnets, Microsoft’s Surface also has a similar accessory, which is admittedly better. Not only will the Touch Cover (available in an array of colours) serve as a screen protector, but it will also double up as a QWERTY keyboard with a built-in trackpad – handy, eh?
While I’m sure the Windows RT model Microsoft’s Surface will retail for less than the new iPad, prices for either version are yet to be announced.