Microsoft Surface announced as Windows-native tablet

Tuesday, 19th June 2012 01:02 GMT By Brenna Hillier

At an exclusive press event in Los Angeles today, Microsoft revealed the Surface – a pair of slick tablets.

The Windows 8 native Surface is just 9.3mm thick, including a built in 0.7mm kickstand which lets you prop it up like a photo frame, and weighs 576g.

The tablet comes in two flavours. Surface for Windows RT will come in 32GB and 64GB models and support a tablet-optimised version of Windows. Surface Pro will have 64GB and 128GB models.

The tablet has an “optically bonded” 1920×1080 resolution Gorilla Glass touch screen display, with support for digital ink making it seem ideal for artists and editors on the go.

USB 2.0 and HDMI ports make it easily compatible with existing tech and cables, and Windows App support means you’ll have access to Office, Netflix, Lightroom, and the Windows 8 Xbox apps.

Two 2×2 memo antennas give the Surface what Microsoft claims is the best WiFi performance of any tablet to date. The device has front and rear cameras and vents through a groove running around the perimeter.

The venting is important because the Pro version of the tablet packs a third-generation Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor. The RT will use an nVidia ARM core.

The full magnesium body sports magnetic connectors for an official Surface Type Cover which will sound familiar to Apple fans – but this one comes with a built-in multi-touch keyboard, track pad and Windows shortcut keys. Other Touch covers come in a variety of colours.

Observers have noted that the tablet’s USB support means you ought to be able to connect controllers do it, and that by running Windows natively, it should be able to handle PC gaming. Apart from a nod the the Xbox app, Microsoft didn’t detail the tablet’s gaming capabilities or whether to expects the Surface to enter the mobile gaming fray, but stay tuned over the next few days as hands-on previews come in.

Check out a sizzle video below and hit up Surface’s newly-launched website for more information.

Microsoft’s coffee table touchscreen device previously known as Surface has been renamed PixelSense.



  1. DSB

    Nobody mention the Zune!!!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    I think the Intel HD 4000 will be good enough for tablet gaming, enough to play most modern games on at least low settings.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Night Hunter

    As a person who has absolutely no clue if it comes to tablets, is this thing any good or is it too early to tell?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    Depends on how Windows 8 turns out & how well it’ll work with tablets, their will be other W8 tablets.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. mad1723

    @3 It has some good ideas in a market focused on imitating Apple. It’s a wait and see, but this looks good from what I can tell :)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Night Hunter

    Well of course, but hardware-wise I meant? All I can tell you from the infos we got today is, that it looks good …

    EDIT@5: Thanks. I’m not really an Apple fan but thought abou getting a tablet so here’s hoping this turns out good. Especially considering that the Windows 8 Metro Design works much better with a tablet.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    Hardware wise? Well it’ll be using one of Intel’s 3rd gen i5 processor ultra low wattage processors, either this or this I believe. Benchmark wise- the 3317 is around as powerful as 1st gen i3 desktop CPUs while the 3427 is more comparable to 2nd gen i3 desktop CPUs. Essentially, about as powerful as a newer ultrabook.

    #7 3 years ago

    Looks cool, but there is an i7, dual 1080p screen ASUS ultrabook that looks cooler.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Dragon246

    Is price mentioned?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Kabby

    Gah, uses Intels on-chip HD4000. Not the greatest. Still a tablet that runs all your desktop apps and has a neat keyboard cover. Pretty cool.

    Shame there are no detailed specs, prices or release dates. These are the kind of things you tell people at a product launch.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. endgame

    Sounds and looks good! What about prices?

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Christopher Jack

    I do think Asus is king when it comes to design, sadly for them, sales really don’t reflect that, no idea why, their price per specs is in the real world unlike Sony & Apple while having similar quality &, in my opinion, better design.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Dannybuoy

    But will it blend?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Gheritt White

    I, for one, am very keen to find out whether or not Surface will blend.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Stewn

    I think it looks good. I’m just wondering, if The Surface will face the same problems as windows phones did when they first got released?

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Christopher Jack

    @15, My problem with WP7 is the lack of plug ‘n play, the uncustomizable GUI, the limited specs(only thing to improve since my Omnia 7 is clock speed), the limited app selection & the terrible browser.

    #16 3 years ago

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