Microsoft Announces “Surface”
During a press conference today, Steve Ballmer was live onstage to announce Microsoft’s new “Surface,” a new device that combines Windows 8 into the functionality of a tablet. Described as “a full PC,” the new device comes with a multi-touch keyboard, cover, stand, and stylus pen to fit anybody’s day-to-day needs.
More info after the break.
The Surface for Windows RT will come in 32GB and 64GB models. There will also be an Intel model coming with separate models, which were not announced on Monday.
The screen of the tablet is 10.6 inches and is made of the sturdy Gorilla Glass. The Surface is very thin and light, coming in at 9.3mm thick and 1.5lbs. It will also include a USB 2.0, display port, and a built-in kickstand.
The Microsoft Surface also includes a new 3mm thick, magnetic hinged cover that combines a working keyboard, which utilizes a multi-touch interface and a trackpad. It will also use a pen input with digital ink and can be attached magnetically on the side of the tablet. There will also be an accessory made available, called the Type Cover, that combines the same magnetized cover with a built-in a tactile keyboard.
Microsoft showed a full working Netflix app live and they announced that it would be supporting the apps people already use on their PCs. There was no specific announcements on software that would be available, aside from Windows 8 and Microsoft Office programs like Word, but, according to a tweet by 17-Bit, their Xbox Live Arcade game Skulls of the Shogun would be playable on the Surface. Expect much more about the functionality of the Surface in the near future.