Microsoft Surface

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.

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

What You Need To Know

  • A Touch Cover is bundled for an additional $100
  • Thinner and lighter than the Windows 8 Pro version
  • A kickstand is built into the device

Verge Review

The Microsoft Surface is no minor thing to review, especially when you consider the stakes for this product. The tablet / laptop hybrid — which was announced at a surprise event in Los Angeles back in June — is not just a unique product in the market, it's also the first of its kind for Microsoft. The company's foray into designing and building its own hardware is not exactly unheard of, but competing directly with partners on PCs certainly is. Adding fuel to an already-crackling fire,...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 1.5 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 10.6 inches
Operating system Windows RT
CPU brand Nvidia
CPU family Tegra 3
RAM size 2 GB

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Tech Specs

Hardware
Height 10.81 inches
Width 6.77 inches
Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 1.5 pounds
Color Black
Speakers Stereo
Display
Screen size (diagonal) 10.6 inches
Technology LCD
Resolution (X) 1366 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px
PPI 148
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Software
Operating system Windows RT
Processor
CPU brand Nvidia
CPU family Tegra 3
Cores 4
Memory
RAM size 2 GB
Storage
Internal size 64 GB, 32 GB
External storage support microSD
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0
Front Camera
Video resolution 720p
Rear Camera
Video resolution 720p
Ports
Video out Yes
Headphone 3.5mm
Data connections USB
Sensors
Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Battery
Capacity 31.5 Wh
Quoted use time 8 hr
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