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Surface is Microsoft's first tablet, and it's designed around Windows 8. Surface comes in two distinct versions, one model running Windows RT and one running Windows 8 Pro. The Windows RT model has an ARM processor, and though it still has the classic desktop, it loses the ability to run legacy apps. Microsoft is heavily featuring their Touch Cover for Surface, a thin screen cover that doubles as full keyboard. Surface can also accept stylus input.

Description

Surface is Microsoft's first tablet, and it's designed around Windows 8. Surface comes in two distinct versions, one model running Windows RT and one running Windows 8 Pro. The Windows 8 Pro model has an Intel processor and runs the full desktop version of the OS. Microsoft is heavily featuring their Touch Cover for Surface, a thin screen cover that doubles as full keyboard. Surface can also accept stylus input.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $499.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Feb. 9, 2013
  • Price at launch: $899.00
  • Height: 10.81 inches
  • Width: 6.77 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo

Hardware

  • Height: 6.81 inches
  • Width: 10.81 inches
  • Thickness: 0.53 inches
  • Weight: 1.99 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.6 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 148
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.6 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1080 px
  • PPI: 207.82
  • Touchscreen type: Dual-digitizer
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: Windows RT

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • CPU brand: Nvidia
  • CPU family: Tegra 3
  • Cores: 4

Processor

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • CPU model: Core i5-3317U
  • Clock speed: 1.7 GHz
  • Cores: 2

GPU

  • Brand: Intel
  • Model: HD Graphics 4000
  • RAM size: 2 GB

Memory

  • RAM size: 4 GB
  • Internal size: 64 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage support: microSD

Storage

  • Internal size: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Video resolution: 720p

Front Camera

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video resolution: 720p

Rear Camera

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: USB

Ports

  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

Sensors

Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
  • Capacity: 31.5 Wh
  • Quoted use time: 8 hr

Battery

  • Capacity: 42 Wh
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