On October 25, Microsoft is about to officially release their take on the tablet computer, the ‘Microsoft Surface.’ Initially, the model that will be released will be running on Windows RT and not the full Windows 8. A few months later, however, they will also be releasing a version that is running on Windows 8 Pro.
If you have no idea about what the Surface is yet, here are 6 things that we know about Microsoft Surface:
The Surface will be featuring a rear and front-facing camera. The rear ones will be and HD camera that lets you capture great images and videos. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is termed Life Cam by Microsoft. With their ownership of Skype, they clearly had VoIP service calls in mind when they designed it.
Both the RT and the later Pro version will be featuring a ClearType HD Display. The difference is that the Surface running on RT will be HD while the one running on Windows 8 Pro will have a full HD resolution. Its screen 16:9 aspect ratio is similar to HDTV so your favorite shows and movies will be showing in full screen without the expected stretching.
Microsoft Office RT
The Microsoft Surface RT will not be able to run legacy apps made for Windows 7 and below but it will have Microsoft Office pre-installed on the tablet. This is in line with Microsoft’s tradition of having strong Microsoft Office integration on their mobile devices.
Full Magnesium Case
Representatives from Microsoft have been quick to point out the gorgeous body of the tablet. According to them, Microsoft employed VaporMG technology to melt metal and mold it down to .65 mm thick at any given part. With the technology, they were able use a full magnesium case that is scratch and wear resistant
A third of the Surface’s back is actually a built in kick-stand. You won’t be able to notice it initially because it was seamlessly integrated into the tablet’s body. If you plant to watch movies, view images, or use it similar to a laptop, you can just pop the kickstand at the back to prop it up.
Two Keyboard Covers
The Microsoft Surface will be featuring two different types of keyboard covers if you want to use the tablet for typing. First is the Touch Cover, which is an ultra thin keyboard and has touch-sensitive pads. If you are worrying that it will be difficult to know if you successfully typed without looking at the screen, it will actually have an audio feedback that mimics typing sounds. If you still feel uncomfortable using the Touch Cover keypad, Microsoft still got you covered. You can opt for Type Cover instead. This is also a keyboard cover but it is more along the lines of a traditional keyboard instead of the touch-sensitive pads. A cool thing about the Touch Cover is that it comes in different colors and when connected to the tablet, the UI automatically changes its theme color to match the Touch Cover.
Microsoft has really put a lot of thought into the design of this tablet and is certainly an intriguing device. For the right price, it can do well in the market.