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Microsoft surface tablets - A Closer Look

Microsoft Surface Tablets: 6 Reasons it will make your iPad look Ancient

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Microsoft Surface Tablets are probably the latest buzz on the Internet. People have already decided to part ways with Apple, after seing the specs of the new Windows 8 powered tablet devices by Microsoft.

Long before there was the Apple iPad and now there is the Microsoft Surface Tablet. Microsoft is taking its tablet industry one step ahead by launching these touchscreen tablets.

1. Fastest Processors on the Planet

Microsoft surface tablets - tegra processors

The Surface tablets will come in two versions, the Windows RT version and the Windows 8 Pro version. The RT version will run on Nvidia’s ARM chipsets and the Operating system will be Windows RT.

While the Windows 8 Pro version will run on Intel’s latest generation Ivy bridge processors and will be powered by the Windows 8 Pro operating system.

2. Windows 8 Operating System+Metro Style Apps

Windows 8 operating system which is still under development is supposed to make its debut on these Surface Tablets. The Metro Style dashboard and apps are probably the only WOW factors on Windows 8.

Although the concept of Windows 8 was taken a tad poorly by reviewers because it is designed more towards the touchscreen interfaces, its applications will now carry that extra Oomph when it will be previewed on Windows 8 Pro Surface tablets.

3. Full-HD Displays: Time to WOW

Microsoft surface tablets - 1080p displays

Both the RT and Windows 8 Pro will have the same size displays on-board i.e. 10.6 inch cleartype HD panel, although the Pro version will be a Full HD (1080p) display and you are likely to enjoy it more because it also gets you 6 hours of battery life with a 42W battery.

Magnesium casing will further protect the body and give you the added textured finish to your Surface tablets.

4. Touchpad (SURFACE): One of a Kind

Microsoft surface tablets - touchpad surfaces

What makes these tablets unique are their touchpads! The Surface tablet (unlike the iPad), will have a physical keyboard and a trackpad too which can be fixed onto the keyboard with the help of covers which will allow you to use it as a touchpad.

Additionally, a built-in kickstand will offer you the much needed ease of use. Oh did i tell you, there’s also a pen input? Yes this is not an ordinary pen, the digital ink will flow when you touch the screen with the pen, by which you can hand draw almost anything take a digital Mona Lisa for example hehe…top that iPad!

5. MS Office 2013: Ahead of the future

If you are a student and use Microsoft Office often (i know i do), the RT tablet will come with Office 2013 alongwith the Windows RT, and the guys at the Guardian are already regarding the RT tab as the best MS Office experience.

Fast typing on a tablet is obviously not possible, mostly because of the touchpad and Surface tablets eliminate that drawback by giving you access to physical keyboards.

6. Slimmer than the iPad, Lighter than Miley Cyrus (Almost)

Microsoft surface tablets - very thin and light

Images credit: laptopmag.com

Measuring at a mighty 9.3mm thickness, definitely less than the iPad, the Surface tablets weigh at 676g which is give or take the same as iPad. The RT tablet will be available in storage size of 32GB and 64GB whereas the Pro version will offer you 64GB or 128GB storage spaces.

USB 3.0 connectivity can only be seen in the Pro version, whereas the RT houses the (not so) outdated USB 2.0, and microSD slots are available in both the Surface tablets.

Pricing and Release

Microsoft hasn’t yet officially announced the pricing of these tabs though from what the engadget guys are speculating, these tablets will be more or less in the $500-$700, again that’s just a rumor. Steve Ballmer is planning to release these tabs late this 2012, although Verge is already expecting it in October.

Hands crossed, these Surface tablets will surely be a great competitor to the iPad and unless the guys at Apple are thinking of something unique for their next iPad these tablets will surely hit a home run this summer.
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Sony’s atracTable is all set to Release

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Sony’s atracTable interactive surface console that debuted last year is finally ready for consumers, ready to go head-to-head (or table-to-table?) with the Microsoft Surface this June.

If you haven’t heard, the atracTable is a 35-inch wide surface space with an HD display that is controlled by gestures. Motion input is detected by dual built-in Sony ISS XCD-V60 cameras, both creating 3D images and allowing the user to control the panel. Along with gestures, the system can even determine the user’s age, sex and emotions. Sounds almost dangerous.

The futuristic wonder was built in partnership with Atracsys. To get a better look at the atracTable’s magical powers, check out the video from the Vision 2009 event last year.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but I’m guessing that a gadget that looks like something that could control a spaceship probably won’t be cheap. (For reference, the Microsoft Surface starts at $12,500 for the commercial edition, before all the necessary add-ons like installation.)

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