What weren't clear was that what kind of hardware (especially tablet side of things) we will be seeing from the Microsoft Partners. All we know is that with the Android tablet platform struggling, the none-apple hardware manufacturer are definitely readying their horses to get onboard the Win8 tablet train.
What is surprising is that Microsoft has just announced their own brand of tablet hardware. It will be using the name Microsoft Surface (TM) - for us bigger geek types, we know that MS Surface is a rarely known Microsoft Tablet top type interface you will find most often in Science/Technology exhibits where you (or your kids) interacts with a table top UI for learning amongst other things.
There will be 2 flavours of the MS Surface Tablets.
- Windows RT -
- ARM processor
- 576g with a magnesium body
- 10.6" ClearType Gorilla glass display screen
- 9.3mm thick
- microSD slot
- USB 2.0 slots
- 32GB or 64GB configurations
- Windows 8 Pro
- Intel i5 processor
- 903g with a magnesium body
- 10.6" ClearType Gorila glass display screen
- 13.5mm thick
- microSDXC slot
- USB 3.0 slot
- 64GB or 128GB configurations
Both tablets will come with VaporMg to protect the tablet from scratches
There will be covers that are available for your tablet as well. At first glance it looks very similar to the Apple iPad's smart cover. However, if you look closely, you will see keyboard layouts as well as a touch pad that is full functional with your Microsoft Surface Tablet.
Both tablets will also be able to stand up a an angle (like the picture above) and can be connected to this very thin keyboard cover and used with the tablet when connected (not via bluetooth) but via connectors at the bottom of the tablet.