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Why I’m excited about Microsoft’s Surface Pro

Jan 29,2013 0 Comments

Why I'm excited about Microsoft's Surface Pro

The last time I was this excited about a product release was probably for an Apple device – the original iPhone, which I imported into Australia as it wasn’t available here at the time, or the iPad. Consoles usually get me quite excited, too. This time, I’m really excited, and intrigued, by Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro.

Microsoft announced the Surface line of tablets in June last year, which included two models, Surface RT and Surface Pro. With the Surface RT, we have Windows RT running underneath – but the more exciting of the two was Surface Pro – which runs a full-fledged version of Windows 8 Pro underneath.

The Surface RT runs an NVIDIA Tegra 3 system-on-chip (SoC) underneath, which is a quad-core CPU running at 1.3GHz. It includes 2GB of RAM and a 10.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768 – providing 148 pixels per inch (PPI) image. All of this on a “ClearType HD” screen with a 16:9 ratio. The Surface Pro on the other hand, gives us a proper Intel Core i5 processor and a Full HD 1920×1080 resolution on the same 10.6-inch screen size.

Microsoft want to directly compete against the iPad, but with a full x86-based processor, and x86-capable full-fledged version of Windows running on the Surface Pro, they’ll be introducing an entire new class of device. The iPad, while great, is merely a tablet – iOS is very simple compared to a proper OS like Windows or OS X.

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