Finally the wait is over! Microsoft has revealed the technical specifications for their most awaited tablet, Surface RT. The preorder for Microsoft Surface RT Tablet can now be made via Microsoft Store. In this article, we’ll discuss the technical capabilities of Surface tab with Windows RT.
Surface RT Specs
OS : Windows RT, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview
Surface with Windows RT comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (2) (which includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote).
VERDICT : Well atm, Indian market is flooded with Android ICS, so people will try something new with this OS as they are familiar with Windows very well. Having Office will be the icing on the top.
STORAGE : 32 GB, 64 GB
VERDICT : We all know that Surface is mainly concentrated on business uses and professionals, so getting a bigger storage is good choice. Surface will probably give a good competition to other tablets in this segment.
EXTERIOR | Dimensions: 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 in • Weight: Less than 1.5 lbs • Casing: VaporMg • Color: Dark Titanium • Physical buttons: Volume, Power
VERDICT : Thin, light and available in smart colors – the Surface RT is sure to be the owners pride.
DISPLAY | Screen: 10.6″ ClearType HD Display • Resolution: 1366 x768 • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen) • Touch: 5-point multi-touch
VERDICT : Seems good but not the best! iPad offers 2048×1536 pixels. This segment wants technology that could beat retina display and probable HD display is not that one. Multi touch looks good.
CPU | Chip: NVIDIA T30 • System memory: 2 GB RAM
VERDICT : Its better than 1 GHz processors in Android ICS flooded tablets. The processor is the heart of tablet and NVIDIA is well known name in the computing world, so this makes us to try it. And to this – the 2GB RAM will certainly be a good choice.
WIRELESS | Wireless: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
VERDICT : Similar technology to Wifi drivers of PC. Bluetooth is also upgraded. Getting into Wifi is the tablets way to get updated.
BATTERY | Up to 8 hours mixed activity • 7-15 days idle life
VERDICT : Seems promising. Will be happy to get it into work for long time. However battery specifications are not provided.
CAMERAS | Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing
VIDEO | Two microphones
AUDIO | Stereo speakers
VERDICT : Surface has beaten almost all the other competitors in this segment. The HD camera may be the good choice rather than trying VGA camera. However the geo location tagging of photos is not available.
PORTS | Full-size USB 2.0 • microSDXC card reader • Headphone jack • HD video out port • Cover port
VERDICT : You can connect USB, memory card, headphone at the same time to this tablet and enjoy your data literally fast speed.
SENSORS | Ambient light sensor • Accelerometer • Gyroscope • Magnetometer
VERDICT : Seems promising! Have to try out practically.
WARRANTY | 1-year limited hardware warranty
APPS (included) | Mail • Messaging • Word • Power Point • Excel • OneNote • SkyDrive • Internet Explorer 10 • Bing • Music • Video • Games • and more
VERDICT : People have already gone addicted the apps provided in Windows 8 editions. So these apps probably beats other competitors in this segment. But the success of this or any tablet is largely dependent on the number of apps available, so we can only hope that the Windows Store is able to offer many more interesting apps soon.
Surface RT Features
Surface is lean and light, weighing just 1.5 pounds. It still packs a punch, though, coming with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview, which includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. It has 5-point multi-touch, is Bluetooth 4.0-equipped, and comes with two 720p HD cameras.
Surface comes with an integrated kickstand that will prop up the device while users type on a click-in Touch Cover keyboard and cover that that comes in five colors, including cyan, black, white, magenta, and red.
At just 3 mm thick, the Surface Touch Cover keyboard uses new technology created by Microsoft to deliver the kind of typing experience people are used to on traditional keyboards.
Surface’s Touch Cover clicks into the tablet when users are ready to type. The tablet also has a kickstand that holds up the screen for easy viewing.
Using a unique pressure-sensitive technology, the 3 mm Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. It will be available in cyan, magenta, black, red and white.
An optional Type Cover adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.
CONCLUSION : Enjoy the look and feel of Windows and Microsoft Office on the Surface RT tablet. Microsoft has tried its best & succeeded in attracting the attention of all the tablet users with this product. Clearly Microsoft has left no stone un-turned to ensure that its new tablet is a success. Budget wise, feature-wise, looks-wise – the Surface is a good pick!
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