Microsoft recently unveiled the all-new Surface tablet at a convention in Los Angeles, causing much excitement and controversy among the general public.
Microsoft recently unveiled the all-new Surface tablet at a convention in Los Angeles, causing much excitement and controversy among the general public. No release date or pricing information has been released yet, but much information concerning the tablet's hardware has been. Two variants will be available, the Surface and Surface Pro. They both have a new casing called "VaporMag", made of magnesium, which is paired with a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish, which both make for a very durable and lightweight (1.5 pounds) tablet. Both will also come with a USB port and SD card for transferring data between the Surface and Windows PCs. Available separately for both are the "Touch Cover", which has a touch-screen keyboard attached, and the "Type Cover", a Touch Cover that has an actual keyboard attached to it. Both covers can attach to a magnetic strip on the side of the Surface. The Surface also has a two-sided camera with a kickstand that props the device up for photography and hands-free viewing. An improved ventilation system has been added, which won't be hindered by users holding the device. Both of the variants will have different CPUs, with the Surface that has Windows RT (a different version of Windows 8 for tablets) using a Nvidia Tegra CPU, while the Surface Pro that has Windows 8 Pro using a Core i5 dual core chip, which is also used in most Windows laptops today.
Although many new features have been brought to the Surface, it isn't quite a breakthrough with all of today's tablets. Some people have complained that the Surface is mostly "more of the same" of other tablets, utilizing elements such as the two-sided camera and the magnetically attached cover. And while most tablet users don't have the additions made to the Surface, most probably won't switch just because of the few touches made. And with many new tablets being released, such as the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Espresso 10, the Surface may face some tough competition. However, only time will tell if Microsoft's new tablet will emerge victorious in today's tablet war.