After the teases we had last week regarding Microsoft's secret event, the curtain has been raised on their new self-branded tablets. The new Microsoft-branded tablets have been referred to as "Surface", and sports an ARM-based processor running Windows RT and wants some of that iPad marketshare.
Powered by a 10.6-inch display, and 9.3mm-thick magnesium chassis, the weight is kept down to a slender 1.5 pounds. Microsoft also plan to offer a Windows 8 Pro edition, but the Intel internals are making it thicker than 13mm. The 10.6-inch display gives users a wider aspect ratio when compared to Apple's iPad, while optical bonding between the display panel and outer layer of Gorilla Glass claims improvements to readability.
Microsoft have crammed a 1920x1080 Full HD resolution for the Intel-based model, instead of trying to compete with the Retina display-powered third-gen iPad. The ARM-based Microsoft-branded tablet has a resolution of 1280x720. I'm very excited about these new tablets, I must say!
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