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Microsoft Surface full spec list

by Bill Hess on June 18, 2012

Today at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft unveiled Surface: PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. Company executives showed two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail. Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise. It delivers the power of amazing software with Windows and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience.

Microsoft Surface Advances Industrial Design

Conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft employees, and building on the company’s 30-year history manufacturing hardware, Surface represents a unique vision for the seamless expression of entertainment and creativity. Extensive investment in industrial design and real user experience includes the following highlights:

Software takes center stage: Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD. It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out.

VaporMg: The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.

Integrated Kickstand: The unique VaporMg approach also enables a built-in kickstand that lets you transition Surface from active use to passive consumption – watching a movie or even using the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras. The kickstand is there when needed, and disappears when not in use, with no extra weight or thickness.

Touch Cover: The 3 mm Touch Cover represents a step forward in human-computer interface. Using a unique pressure-sensitive technology, Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. It will be available in a selection of vibrant colors. Touch Cover clicks into Surface via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover. You can also click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.

An Amazing Windows Experience

Two models of Surface will be available: one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT, and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro. From the fast and fluid interface, to the ease of connecting you to the people, information and apps that users care about most, Surface will be a premium way to experience all that Windows has to offer. Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability of Windows 8, and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later. Both will be sold in the Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and available through select online Microsoft Stores.

Contributing to an Expanded Ecosystem

One of the strengths of Windows is its extensive ecosystem of software and hardware partners, delivering selection and choice that makes a customer’s Windows experience uniquely their own. This continues with Surface. Microsoft is delivering a unique contribution to an already strong and growing ecosystem of functional and stylish devices delivered by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring the experience of Windows to consumers and businesses around the globe.

Additional Product Information

Surface for Windows RT

  • OS: Windows RT
  • Light(1): 676 g
  • Thin(2): 9.3 mm
  • Clear: 10.6” ClearType HD Display
  • Energized: 31.5 W-h
  • Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Office ‘15’ Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB

Surface for Windows 8 Pro

  • OS: Windows 8 Pro
  • Light(1): 903 g
  • Thin(2): 13.5 mm
  • Clear: 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display
  • Energized: 42 W-h
  • Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB

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  • That guy

    Of course Apple’s gonna demonize it as ugly, clunky, slow(dispite the 1ms response time.) and generally geared towards old people and boring business men. i would happily buy this over the ipad as it’s clearly superior.


    Goodbye android, you will not be missed.

  • Frank

    Honestly, if this has Microsoft Office, it can be legit comp.

  • cheesewaffle1

    Can we get a price range? I want to know how much to save up.

  • Allen

    I wonder if this is going to do as good as the Zune against ipod, we’ll see. Surely they’ll make you pay for access to free wifi spots or something.

    • Ross

      Zune was better then the iPod, it just couldn’t compete against the popularity of apple. Would you say the wii is better than ps3 since it sold more?

    • Brevs

      Lol. I can put a perfectly good piece of bread in front of you and it would have the words “Microsoft” on it and you would instantly hate it because of it saying Microsoft. Then you would find some way to say how they are charging you extra money because you are looking at the bread and then you would rant on how Sony’s bread is better because it has more exclusive taste. Would you hate Microsoft’s bread as much if you didn’t know it was made by Microsoft? If you didn’t have a clue it was made by them I’m sure you would actually consider buying it. You would buy it, eat it, and enjoy it and then after you enjoy it, somebody would tell you “that was Microsoft’s bread” and you would be like “hmm that wasn’t that bad, I guess Iv’e been a complete ignorant tool this whole time, sorry to all of the people who had to put up with me and my stories of being an adult and doing adult things, I will stop being a tool now.”

    • Allen

      No you are totally right. Instead they will probably make you pay for Windows Live or maybe a new service – Surface Live – $80/year

      WTF is your problem? They fk you over on 360 and make you pay to access basic $hit, why the fk wouldn’t they bend you over on their tablet too? You already took it up the ass and told them thank you for it – fking idiots

    • Allen

      @ Brevs

      I would know it was M$ bread when I had to pay $1.00 for each bite.

      WTF do you think I hate M$ for?

      If 360 was free to play online, no charge to pay for sub to netflix or like service then it would be 1000x better than it is now.

      other than the disk swapping and lack of blu ray/browser (I know browser is finally coming at the end of life) then I would say 360 is on par with PS3. The graphics aren’t that much worse and it does have good support.

      At that point I would only have history as my beef with xbox which I could forgive if I can see years of non scamming being done – I just seriously doubt they will ever give you anything worth the money they make you pay.

    • Allen

      That’s actually pretty good.

      You already bought the bread and the table and the plate to eat it on. But M$ would make you pay $1.00/bite for the “right” to eat it.

      how is that not like buying a 360, buying a 360 game, buying internet, buying Netflix & then having M$ make you pay for the right to access it?

    • Raven

      Actually it would be like MS took that bread and added meat and cheese and said here’s a sandwich that will be $3. The sony users response would be “no, that’s fine, I’ll just eat this plain bread and pretend its a sandwich, heck no need to rush bringing it, I’m okay waiting (updates) and if you can’t feed me everyday or a month out of the year that’s fine, I rather save that $3.”

    • Allen

      So RROD, pay to play, pay to stream, no exclusives, no exclusive content, no wifi for 5 years, drop support of orig. xbox, made Halo 2 for PC vista only, huge power brick, old cd tray, ugly $50 controllers yet no battery pack gyroscope or blue tooth + $20 recharge, no blu ray, no browser, no price decreases, scam 4gb console, lack of quality exclusives for 3 years is all a cheese and meat sandwich to you?

      You can keep that rotten meat, moldy cheese sandwich.

      In the comparison you are making PS3 would be an italian sub sandwich with everything on it and xbox would be all rotten & cheap bread meat & cheese.

      You were trying to say that Xbox gives you something for your money, when the fact is you just pay extra for stuff you already paid for.

      lame lamo’s. I pity your ignorance.

    • Cool dude

      Unless you can prove every single one of your points. Maybe I could believe you.

      But since your an upfront liar. I cant….

      No proof? No sources?

      No excuses… No apologies…

    • Raven

      Blah blah blah, same old stuff, you should check out the current news, Sony is looking to sell its corporate head quarters, hope your enjoying that free meal while your company slowly dies

  • jason

    Looks cool! Now can we get the Xbox 720 now please?

  • Brevs


    Thank you Raven! For making my day. lol


    Haha raven that is the best comment ever. So true lol.

  • Ignorance LVL: Allen

    Article about a Tablet….

    Allen talks about a console.

    • Cool dude

      Allen cant even prove you wrong.

  • Brevs

    You are always talking about the First gen Xbox 360 like they are still being released and people have them and buy them still. RROD doesn’t occur anymore (Until years of playing), Nobody cares about having to pay that $4 a month, we have jobs or (YOU) have our mommy pay for it. We have always had WiFi, Yea we had to pay $100 dollars for it but there where alternative WiFi adapters that were cheaper. We also payed for those because we have jobs. They dropped support for original xbox because it was a waste of $ because very few people used it. Look where Sony is at with all of their money pouring in because of their great idea to keep that service going. Nobody cares about “huge” power bricks, its not like you are using that as your controllers. “Ugly” controllers, lol go look at the Alpha version of PS3 controllers since you love talking about the past, Sony didn’t like that so they said “Lets give these idiots the same exact controller that they already have.” How nice of them. Oh, and The Xbox controller COMES with a battery pack and one comes with the xbox for free. We dont need your gay bluetooth mics(which have HORRIBLE quality) or your gayroscope. You guys don’t even have cross game chat so why bother with a headset, just type your thoughts into a chat. We have a blueray player because we are not 13 years old and can afford things. Same thing with “no web browser”. We have tablets, smartphones, laptops, or a COMPUTER. Ever hear of that? No price decreases needed when xbox is leading sales with the ones they have. (and not hemorrhaging money LOL) 4GB isnt a scam, considering I own one and it does fine. Gears, Halo, Fable, Forza. That is what we have and they are better than what 50 exclusives Sony likes to throw out a year with 2 of them being good. You complain Halo 2 being Vista only when I played it on xp and 7. Like you have a PC anyways or like you would have played it. I surprised you haven’t complained that Halo 2 isn’t PS3 browser accessible.

    • Allen

      10% hardware failure is still OVER 3 times the industry standard of 3%.

      Also RROD did happen, it shouldn’t have. No one should forgive them for that. No one should have stuck with them after RROD. No one should have stuck with them when they got that POS home and realized you can’t do anything but play single player games or watch DVD’s without sucking M$ caulk every year.

    • Cool dude

      Yes, 10% failure rate… For the whole Xbox models.

      HOWEVER.. The failure rate of the 360S is only 4-5%

      Get it right.

  • moyshirow

    This look interesting

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