Microsoft Surface Marks a Turning Point in Slate Strategy [Video]

June 19, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft stunned the tech world by unveiling a 10.6-inch tablet from its inventories, despite having a limited experience in manufacturing hardware for its own products.

Named Surface, the two models that Microsoft showed off has one running on Windows 8 Pro and the other on Windows RT. The Windows RT device weighs 1.49 pounds and sports ARM chip, while the Windows 8 model comes at 1.99 pounds with Intel Ivy Bridge chips.

Windows RT slate, which has 10.6 inch ClearType HD display, microSD slot, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video and 2×2 MIMO antennae will be available in 32 GB and 64 GB variants.

The 10.6 incher Windows 8 Pro tablet has Full HD display and micro SDXC, USB 3.0 and Mini DispalyPort Video. Moreover, it will be available in 64 GB and 128 GB versions.

Both tablets are touch friendly to help you tap out the whole potential of Windows 8. The Windows 8 machine also has a digitizer which enables users to use a digital pen. Kick stands and keyboards with track pads are integral to both models, making them almost full potential computing solutions.

However, just as Microsoft kept the news on the devices secret till their launch, the company is yet to reveal the innards of the machines and possible price lines. The x86 version of the tab is expected to fight the market war with laptops since Microsoft said that it will be priced close to Ultrabooks. So expect it to cost around $400 or $500.

The strategy behind the move  is more interesting than the devices themselves. Microsoft is moving the Google way – by making its own branded hardware to compete with others whom it has licensed to make hardware.

So the question is, how is it going to affect the hardware makers who are listed to make Windows 8 tabs? Watch this space as the drama unveils.

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