So Marc’s prediction on our E3 2012 Microsoft Podcast wasn’t off, but late. Microsoft has finally announced a tablet of its own called Surface, which looks sleek! The only details we have so far is that its cover doubles as a fully functional keyboard, which is a nice idea.
So what does this have to do with gaming, you ask? If you’ve been living under a rock, Microsoft did announce SmartGlass at E3, which will be compatible with all tablets and smartphones, so one can argue it makes sense to roll in a competitive tablet of its own…even though most of us didn’t find it to be practical, it was Marc who was right on the money from the get-go.
In addition, Surface will most likely run Windows 8, which has integrated Xbox Live functionality. Perhaps the tablet hides a few other Xbox 360 optimizations of its own, but we’ll have to wait and see.
The only question is: why didn’t they hint on this Tablet at their E3 press conference? I know it’s not exactly a perfect time since Surface is not only about gaming, but most of Microsoft’s conference went on a tangent, and having Surface announced alongside SmartGlass would make perfect sense.
Update: Stats are in. There are two distinct models, Surface, and Surface Pro. Both are built from VaporMg (a molded magnesium casing), and will work with the Touch Cover (Touch-sensative keys) and Type Cover (tactile keys). We’ve included all the tech specs for each model below.
Operating System: Windows RT
Power: 31.5 W-h
CPU: Nvidia Tegra ARM
Storage Capacity: 32 or 64GB, and microSD slot
Display: 10.6 in ClearType HD screen with 16:9 aspect ratio
Input: Multi-touch screen, Touch Cover, Type Cover
Connectivity: 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), USB 2.0, micro HDMI
Operating system: Windows 8 Pro
Power: 42 W-h
CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i5
Storage capacity: 64 or 128 GB and microSDXC slot
Display: 10.6 in ClearType Full HD screen with 16:9 aspect ratio
Input: Multi-touch screen, Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with palm block
Connectivity: 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort