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Microsoft unveils Windows 8 "Surface" tablets: More PC-like, not just another cookie-cutter design

By Matthew · 40 replies
Jun 18, 2012
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  1. One of the key changes in Windows 8 is, as you very well know, improved support for tablets. Microsoft has fully embraced this aspect of the operating system, unveiling its own tablet line during a "mystery" event in Los Angeles,…

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  2. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    That has some potential, especially the i5 version.
  3. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,458   +1,034

    Hmmm... it's the first tablet that I actually wanted, but that feeling is gone.
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +249

    I hope the battery life on these things will really kick butt. So far, they're looking really good.
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,534   +421

    I'd possibly be interested in the i5 version myself...
  6. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Damn that's sexy.

    I'm not so worried about battery life; Windows 8 is truly efficient. Like, ridiculously efficient. I assume it would perform better than the new iPad.

    All I need to know is the pricing, then I'm sold.
  7. Windows anytime, anywhere on everything. It's going to be huge.
  8. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,000   +71

    I've gotten my hands on a samsung slate, the one with i5 2467M and Windows 7 preinstalled. it's not as thin as other tablet, but it's comparable to most ultrabook, and will make a ultrabook a run for its money. it seems that after the recent show all major manufacturers are coming with win8 tablets and once the price is right, I'll definitely get one. the slate that I got my hands on cost a whopping 1400$!
  9. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    Put Kinect in it.
  10. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 398   +17

    This tablets do look interesting I might consider getting an ARM one when we know more about the devices. Any ETA?
  11. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,194   +209

    Intresting design..

    Looks like tablets are going to evolve in to strange new breed... I shall call them laptops..
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    I like the way MS has gone with it, instead of coming out with another iPad copycat (like most of the Android tablets) it has gone on a different path, and I think it could be a winner & first ever tablet I may buy :)
  13. When Microsoft killed the Courier, I wasn't sure if they would ever field anything as interesting anymore.

    When Microsoft debuted the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I wasn't sure if they forgot that being productive (and playing high production games) is why people still like the Windows ecosystem.

    I'm glad this Surface tablet actually tries to rectify both problems. I'm not entirely sold on the ARM version until more programs and apps appear for it, but at least the Intel version I can see being seriously used in companies as more than just a display screen, while seamlessly working with existing infrastructures like Active Directory. And being able to install all my x86 software.

    The Surface isn't revolutionary (and don't forget that the Surface has been around for a while in the form of those giant touch table computers that some restaurants and businesses have), but it sure does seem to hit the right notes for people who want something more than just a toy.
  14. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,996   +2,456

    The Core i5 version looks great, very keen to get one of these :)
  15. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    What are the GPU specs?
  16. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,996   +2,456

    At a guess I would say Intel HD 4000 for the i5 and ULP GeForce for the Tegra 3 (assuming that's what the ARM version uses).
  17. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,696   +427

    My only issue with this is the completely flat keyboard. Not sure about anyone else but I really don't find typing on that sort of thing comfortable.
  18. Then dont get that smart cover and plug pretty much any other keyboard you fancy into it.
  19. I hope it does not cost an ARM for the windows RT Surface version.

    if microsoft will sell the windows PRO surface version @500-600$ to compete with the android-powered samsung galaxy note I and II, then I'm gonna work extra to have it asap.
  20. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +67


    I must say though, kudos to Microsoft for not just banging out a carbon-copy tablet like most others have. This really does look good.

    But I don't know, I'd still probably prefer a new laptop of some kind. I just haven't caught the tablet "bug" like most have.
  21. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    Well done on MS for being original (more so than the Android tablets anyway), the Pro version with the i5 is interesting for sure. Assuming the 64GB version is $800 that's actually not much more than a 64GB iPad but with 10x the functionality.
  22. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    I like the dual option cover/keyboard. That's pretty innovative. But I'm not sure if I'm ready to plop down money on a 1st gen tablet. I'd probably wait until mid to late 2013 for the second gen Windows 8 tablets, once they iron out the bugs.
  23. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    But did you guys see the Type Cover? It's a thicker, tactile keyboard. The Tocuh Cover is the one that's just 3mm thick. Either, its is a very interesting product.
  24. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Price is high but that's SRP though say $600 is more what it should go for retail an add another $100 for HSN, QVC and ShopNBC peddling fees. I am using SKYTEX SKYTAB 9.7" 2GB, 1080p HDMI port dual USB ports, got flex stand a Logitech Wireless K260 hooked via USB dongle with Windows 8 RPE for now the WiFi, WLAN, WWAN seem to plague us still like it did with all versions of Windows. Way oh why is MS still pushing these OS in a default code mode. Push it to the extreme and make these tablets fly off in sales. With my code name Jasper for Windows 8 and Jet for Windows 7 tablets you can full networking as it should be both found on STZ Forums II for SKYTAB. Still I am sure surface is going to be quick with the dual core it comes with. The Windows 8 Metro needs some more work it's not like Android GUI nor a Apple GUI still reminds me of Windows 7 except for the tile Overlay features.

    But Windows 8 good breaking point for the really first end MS Tablets to run real OS for tablets than it did with with Windows 7. Right now MS Store seems very limited in apps to download but some of these apps from MS an others a really cool.
  25. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    That commercial was so sex!!!

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