Microsoft’s Windows 8 is in many ways the first real competitor to the dominating iOS running iPad as a “post-PC” platform. But there has always been one thing lacking - hardware. Most Windows OEMs doesn’t have a particularly good track record of making high quality hardware. It leaves a big gap. However, Microsoft finally fills this gap with its very own tablet - Microsoft Surface.
Surface is essentially a hybrid tablet. It has two different versions: Intel based with Windows 8 Pro, and ARM based with Windows RT. The later steps more on the tablet space, with a generally very sleek form factor: 9.3mm and 1.5lbs. It has a 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display, which the resolution is currently unknown. It has two storage choices: 32GB and 64GB.
The Intel version is more of a computer in terms of processing power and the fact that it runs Windows 8 Pro (which supports traditional PC software). It’s 13.5mm thin and weighs 1.9lbs, with 64GB and 128GB variants. The display also has a higher resolution than the RT version. It also has an extra digital ink support through a pen that sticks to the device by magnetism. Both devices has a kickstand on the back, and seemingly premium magnesium case.
But the device itself is only half of the story. Under the bottom side of Surface hides magnets that connect two types of docks specifically made for it - Touch Cover and Type Cover. They are not just covers. In fact the biggest role of it is being the missing piece of tablets - an extremely light, thin and easy to connect / disconnect keyboard dock.
The Touch Cover is a 3mm thin pressure-sensitive multi-touch capacitive keyboard and trackpad. While the Type Cover is a tradition keyboard with physical keys. But still it is only 5mm thin.
Although many details are still kept secret, processor and graphic models, RAM and price range just to name a few. Surface is very likely going to be the best Windows 8 device.It is made by Microsoft and runs pure Windows, without any bloatware and “customizations”. We are very well aware of the benefits of having hardware and software coming from the same company. Early hands-on also reveals Surface being a piece of very well built hardware. Together with a bold new OS with great potential,
Surface could very possibly be my next computer.