Launching the Surface Tablet From Microsoft

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Microsoft is not known to give great media launches unlike the folks over at Apple. However, this time, their launch of their newest product, the Surface, was a great one. Microsoft was able to live up to the buzz that it created days before this event. People, especially those who sell old iPad for a business were intrigued as to what the Surface would be. The question on everyone’s mind before that was if this tablet PC would finally be the one to give Apple’s iPad the challenge that it needs.

So far, it’s still iPad who is leading the market in terms of tablet PC sales. Samsung was able to shake things up a little bit with the introduction of their Galaxy Tab. However, it was still not enough to topple iPad’s position on top. Let’s start dissecting the Surface and see if it can indeed give iPad the inspiring challenge.

For starters, there are two variants to this tablet PC. For people selling iPad 1, having a choice can be good because it gives the buyer an option especially when money is an issue during the purchase. Of course, one model would be cheaper than the other but might be less powerful. If the buyer does not really care as he just wants to use it for browsing, reading emails, watching movies or playing simple games, then the lower end version might satisfy his needs.

Surface Basic, as it is called, is thinner and lighter. It is only 9.3mm thin and weighs 1.5 pounds. The casing is made of vapor-deposited magnesium (PVD) and it already includes a built-in kickstand. Inside, it is powered by an ARM chipset and has Windows RT as its operating system. The Windows RT is said to be perfect for tablet PCs because it consumes less power making the battery of the tablet PC last longer. The screen’s real estate size is 10.6 inches with a ClearType HD Display. However, there is still no final word as to the screen’s resolution. It is available in 32GB and 64GB versions.

The second variant is called the Surface Pro. As the name suggests, this variant is for those who are serious about their electronic gadgets and do not just see them as a multimedia portal. People who want to use it for work will be able to appreciate the power and efficiency of this tablet. It is still at 10.6 inches however the display is ClearType “Full HD” already. It is powered by Intel’s 22nm Ivy Bridge chip and will run on Windows 8. It is definitely more powerful than the basic version and more like a very thin laptop. It is heavier at 1.9 pounds and thicker at 13.5mm. It has the same magnesium case with a built in kickstand like the Basic. 64GB and 128GB will be the variants for this one.

With that said, Microsoft however did not disclose the final price of the Surface. It might be a bit cheaper than the iPad, which is a welcome thought for those who are looking to shift to a new one and sell old iPad. Also, there is no exact date as to when it will be available for purchase. Everything remains to be seen until the Surface comes out and becomes available on the market.

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