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Will Microsoft’s Newly-Unveiled ‘Suface’ Tablet Dethrone Apple’s iPad?

by on June 19, 2012
 


Yesterday afternoon, during a press conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft revealed a completely new tablet – pushing them further into the hardware industry.

The tablet, dubbed “Surface”, measures in at 10.6 inches, 9.3 millimeters thick (for the less powerful model); if anyone’s counting, that’s a tenth of a milimeter thinner than the iPad and weighs just under 1.5 pounds (slightly heavier than the iPad).

Microsoft will offer two major variants for their upcoming tablet – one powered by an ARM processor running a simplified version of Windows, and the other equipped with Intel’s new 22nm Ivy Bridge chip (this version increases in thickness and weight to a total of 13.5 milimeters and 1.9 pounds). Moreover, Microsoft will sell the ARM-based Surface in 32GB and 64GB versions and the Intel-based Surface in 64GB and 128GB versions.

In spite of the touch aspect of the new tablet, it’s built-in stand and a magnetically removable cover (similar to the iPad’s Smart Cover accessory) that also doubles as a keyboard and trackpad, Microsoft seems to have overlooked one key ingredient required to develop a successful tablet: simplicity.


Instead of creating a post-PC product, like Apple did with the iPad, Microsoft has taken a different approach. The Surface appears to function and operate more like a watered-down laptop than a device for quickly surfing the web and accomplishing simple tasks as efficiently as possible.

In a world that’s ruled by Apple’s renowned iPad, can Microsoft’s Surface prevail, or will it fail like previous attempts to dethrone the current tablet of choice? Stay tuned for complete coverage regarding Microsoft’s Surface and Apple’s iPad!

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  • Raossuckscocl
    June 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    FAIL.

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  • Bulldawgs16
    June 20, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Microsoft has probably just created the next series of laptops that will compete Goethe top spot bc this can act as both a tablet (which a lot of people are favoring bc of its maneuverability and immediate access) and a laptop (which people favor because of the speed at which you can do things such as reports). So it does not directly compete with the iPad.

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  • June 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    No doubt the iPad has been a hit. This tab from M’soft will create a new market, not in a competition with iPad but differently. Battery backup of the tab isn’t yet clarified which can be a deciding factor if it can affect iPad’s market anyways. The important aspect of iPad is it keeps user experience atop of productivity which is groundbreaking; no other make device can compete on this ground.

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  • June 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    The tablet is very good looking and also has some nice specs (Windows 8 PRO version) but I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be very expesive, around $800-$900 since its more like a laptop (ultrabook) with a removable keyboard. The Windows RT version, on the other hand, has some less-atractive specs and also the Windows version that ships with it is not full so we can’t call it a complete pc experience, but gets the job done as a tablet.

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