Windows 8 Surface Tablet Surfaces

Two new tablets released by Microsoft - one running on ARM, the other on Intel Ivy Bridge.

Windows 8 on Microsoft Surface - is beauty skin-deep?

By choosing to step back into hardware we can assume Microsoft are hoping these products will follow in the footsteps of the hugely-successful Xbox consoles...

Their latest foray into the hardware market was announced this week trumpeting the arrival of two tablet lines running Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro respectively. The level of technical detail is hardly of a forensic level, but there's enough there to tweak our interest.

Both of these tablet product lines are constructed around an all-magnesium case, have 10.6 Gorilla glass displays and a magnetically attached cover that doubles as a full multi-touch keyboard and trackpad.

The Windows 8 RT tablet has an ARM-based architecture, connectivity comes via Wireless Networking, micro HDMI, microSD and USB 2.0 and a choice of 32 or 64GB of solid-state storage. This kit is packed into a case 9.3mm thick and weighs in at 600g - almost identical to the third gen iPad (9.4mm and 652g).

The Windows 8 tablet is Intel-based with an Ivy Bridge Core I5 with either 64 or 128 GB of storage, USB 3.0, Mini Display Port, pen input support and a higher resolution display (1080p). It's a little more chunky that its stable mate - 13.5mm thick and 900g

The release dates are tied to the Windows 8 launch, so we expect sometime around mid-autumn 2012 for the RT and the end of the year for the Pro.

If you are considering developing for these devices we provide scheduled and on-site courses in Windows Universal App Development with C# & XAML and Windows Universal (Mobile) App Development

Scribbled by Ian

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