Microsoft  Surface RT - Details

Windows RT Tablet

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Microsoft wants you to get excited about a Windows tablet and their new Window 8 operating system. So they put the two together and put on a press conference to tell the world about it. At its keynote address in Los Angeles on 18th of July, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed the Microsoft Windows RT Surface tablet.

The Look and Feel

The Surface is a thin slate tablet. The case, molded from melted down magnesium, is light, yet solid and rigid. It weighs 1.5-pounds and has a thin kickstand that spans the width of the tablet. There are two cameras, one front facing and one on the back. The tablet has both a USB port, a micro-SD slot for expansion and an HDMI-out. There is also a magnetic strip for one of two covers that double as keyboards.

The Keyboard Covers

The magnesium tablet can use these thin wrap around covers that doubles as a keyboard. The keyboard comes in two flavors, tap and touch. The tap is a traditional keyboard with buttons, while the touch is a pressure sensitive pad. The covers will be available in five different colors.

The Display

The Surface has a multi-touch 10.6-inch display covered with 2nd generation Gorilla Glass, which makes it very durable and smudge resistant. The 16:9 display has an HD resolution of 1366-by-768 with a wide viewing angle. With the added kickstand, it might just be perfect for media viewing.

The Software and Internals

Window's RT is a light version of the Windows 8 operating system. The Surface RT version makes use of an Nvidia Tegra powered ARM processor like many other tablets currently available. These are models currently available at Microsoft store

  • Microsoft Surface 32 GB (Tablet only)
  • Microsoft Surface 32 GB with Black Touch Cover
  • Microsoft Surface 64 GB with Black Touch Cover

The Pro Version

After the launch of the Windows RT version, Microsoft launched also a Surface Pro model. The Pro version features the full Windows 8 experience. More impressive is that it will run on Surface Pro quad-core Intel Core I5 processor. This will make it more in line with the current crop of ultra-books than other tablets. It will also feature a greater storage capacity.

Surface Comparison

Windows Surface RT vs. Windows Surface Pro  

  Surface Windows RT Surface Windows 8 Pro:
Case built VaporMg lightweight magnesium VaporMg lightweight magnesium
Comes with Touch Cover and Type Cover Touch Cover, Type Cover and Pen with Palm Block
Physical specs weight 676 g and thick 9.3 mm weight 903 g and thick 13.5 mm
Screen 10.6 inch - ClearType HD Display 10.6 inch - ClearType Full HD Display
Extension ports USB ver. 2.0, Micro HD and MicroSD USB ver. 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, MicroSDXC
Storage capacity 32Gb and 64Gb 64Gb and 128Gb

 

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Technical Specifications

Microsoft Surface RT
 Tablet  Microsoft Surface RT
 Rating  Ratings
 OS  Win8 RT
 CPU  Nvidia Tegra 3
 CPU speed  1.30 GHz
 Storage  32,64 GB
 Screen size  10.6 inch
 Resolution  1366 x 768 px
 Weight  0.67 kg / 1.49 lbs
 Battery life  9.5 hours

 

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Battery life comparison

Battery life of selected tablet

 Tablet   (h)   Battery life 
Microsoft Surface RT9.5Microsoft Surface Win. RT tablet autonomy comparison

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Weight comparison

Weight of selected tablet

 Tablet   kg   lbs   Weight 
Microsoft Surface RT0.671.49Microsoft Surface Win. RT weight comparison

Compared to 5 lightest tablets - 10 inch and more

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