Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows
Posted on 19-Jun-2012 11:45.
Filed under: News
Microsoft has unveiled Surface, starting with two Windows tablets and accessories that feature advances in industrial design and attention to detail. Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation. It delivers the power of software with Windows and the feel of premium hardware in one experience.
Conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft employees, and building on the company’s 30-year history manufacturing hardware, Surface represents a unique vision for the seamless expression of entertainment and creativity. Extensive investment in industrial design and real user experience includes the following highlights:
Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD. It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out.
The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.
The unique VaporMg approach also enables a built-in kickstand that lets you transition Surface from active use to passive consumption – watching a movie or even using the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras. The kickstand is there when needed, and disappears when not in use, with no extra weight or thickness.
The 3 mm Touch Cover uses a unique pressure-sensitive technology, sensing keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. It will be available in a selection of colors. Touch Cover clicks into Surface via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover. You can also click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.
Two models of Surface will be available: one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT, and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro. From the fast and fluid interface, to the ease of connecting you to the people, information and apps that users care about most, Surface will be a premium way to experience all that Windows has to offer. Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability of Windows 8, and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later. Both will be sold in the Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and available through select online Microsoft Stores.
Surface for Windows RT runs the new Windows RT operating system, weights 676 g and is only 9.3 mm thin. It sports at 10.6” ClearType HD display and comes with pre-installed Office 15 apps, in 32 GB or 64 GB versions.
Surface for Windows 8 Pro runs on Windows 8 Pro, weighs 903 g and is slightly thicker at 13.5 mm. It also comes with a 10.6” ClearType Full HD display in 64 GB and 128 GB versions.
Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability. The company has not disclosed any dates.