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After a last-minute invites to press & after successfully creating a lot of mystery about the event – Microsoft finally entered the tablet war by announcing Microsoft Surface tablet (with own branding of-course) on June 18. The tablet is also marketed as an ultra-book for those, who like to use a physical keyboard.

Microsoft Surface tablet will have different models compatible with Windows 8 RT & Windows 8 PRO. Now, having these variations and a keyboard – the company surely want to project this Surface, as a PC and a tablet as well.

Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 & colorful keyboard covers

So before we learn more about Microsoft Surface Tablet, let’s have a look at what Microsoft Surface was originally planned for.

Original Microsoft Surface with PixelSense Technology.

The company’s original Surface was a huge table-top 40” display with approx weight of 38 kg. The SUR40 display is designed by Samsung Electronics with a PixelSense technology.

PixelSense display is a super advanced technology allowing LCD screens to see without any front cameras and a touch-screen that can sense inputs from any material & not limited to the fingers or styluses.

This innovative concept still exist & costs about $8000 or more. To avoid confusion with newly released Microsoft Surface tablet – the company has renamed & gave it a new home called – PixelSense.com

Original Microsoft Surface or PixelSense Video

New Microsoft Surface Features & Specifications

MS Surface with Windows 8 RTMS Surface with Windows 8 PRO
ProcessorARM -based NVIDIA TegraARM -based NVIDIA Tegra
Display10.6 inches HD10.6 inches Full-HD
ScreenCapacitive Touch-screenCapacitive Touch-screen
Weight676 g903 g
Thickness9.313.5
Battery6300 mAh8400 mAh
ConnectivityMicroSD slot, USB 2.0, Micro HDMI, 2×2 MIMO AntennamicroSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini HDMI, 2×2 MIMO Antenna
Comes with3mm Touch Cover with pressure-sensitive keyboard, VaporMg Case & Stand3mm Touch Cover with pressure-sensitive keyboard, VaporMg Case & Stand
Additional AccessoryType Cover w/ Keyboard with mechanical keysType Cover w/ Keyboard with mechanical keys
Model Configurations32 GB, 64 GB64 GB, 128 GB

Microsoft Surface with Kickstand & Thin Keyboard

Microsoft Surface Price

Though, the company announced nothing about the pricing, below is a guess based on current average prices in the market for both.

Microsoft Surface for Windows RT: This will fall under typical TABLET category & since this has 32GB & 64 GB models – the price should be in range of $499 to $649 . This is the only way Microsoft can place it against Apple’s iPad.

Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 PRO: This will fall under an ULTRABOOK category and some of the popular Ultrabooks are Lenovo ideapad U300s, ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E , Acer Aspire S3 and Samsung 900X3A . Considering the average price for all of these – we should safely assume the price for MS Surface should be in range of $900 to $1100

Official Microsoft Surface Video

Note

There is no official word on availability of Surface yet but, those are expected for announcement at the time of Windows 8 launch in November 2012. You can see details on its official website Surface.com

For me, I was never impressed so much about a recent Microsoft product (yes, not even Windows 8 yet) until this new Microsoft Surface. It looks stunning and seems productive but how much can it compete with Apple iPad or forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – will be a real test for the software giant.

For now – Kudos to Microsoft team for this upbeat thinking.

Microsoft Surface: Full Presentation Video

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