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Instant Analysis: Microsoft's Surface tablet announcement

0. phoneArena 18 Jun 2012, 20:03 posted on

If you haven't noticed the news exploding through your news feed just now, Microsoft has made the formal announcement of the new Microsoft Surface tablet, and accessories. That's right, Microsoft decided to give a nice little callback...

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posted on 18 Jun 2012, 20:11 7

1. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


This is the road less traveled and that made all the difference for me. Much better than either Apple or Android selections. IMO!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 20:20 4

2. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)


M$$$$$$$ don't chase people with your price, Be wise

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 20:49

5. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Killer killer killer tablet. The highest price it can be sellable at would be $100 more than the most expensive iPad. Which is understandable with a full copy of Windows 8.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:48

11. Commentator (Posts: 2399; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It depends on which Surface you mean. I'd expect the RT to be around $600 (again, about $100 than the iPad) and would be worth every penny. I could easily see the Intel version going for much more, as its specs are the equivalent of several mid-range notebooks, particularly the Macbook Air.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 20:34 3

3. -box- (Posts: 3786; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


"I'll take eight!"

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:52

14. Commentator (Posts: 2399; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


At last you are becoming a crafty consumer!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:53 1

15. Commentator (Posts: 2399; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I accidentally posted something in this spot, and since you can't delete posts here, I just edited it to say this.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 20:35 1

4. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I don't know... If I get a Windows 8 tab, I sure don't want one with Windows RT, and I don't want one that thick either. I'd rather stick with the Pad Infinity for mobility's sake. And the battery life, too. My Windows desktop suits me perfectly for now, and I'm sure others feel the same way. c: They did do a very nice job with it, just not perfect for me right now.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 00:24 1

23. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i agree... ios and android are much better than rt, and i am not sure the larger tab is worth it...

i really dont like what they are doing with rt.. it is too similar without any of the features

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:10 1

6. snotyak (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


"Feel free to love your gadgets, but just don't love your gadgets, Microsoft. That gets into some weird territory."....I don't get it?

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:16 1

7. chris_t610 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Geez, the writer of this article must have received some $ from Apple -- from beginning to end, the article has completely antagonized the real moral of the story: and that is the announcement from MS.

Talk about fair journalism (tech that is)!

There is life in Mars after all.

=)

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:29

9. MickDM (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


in true vh & mh form...ijs

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:51 10

13. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2669; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I'm sorry, what part of "the product looks great, but we need to know the price" is a pro-Apple/anti-Microsoft sentiment?

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 00:42 2

24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5744; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The part they didn't bother to read? As in all of it.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:18 2

8. deadhead (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Finally, a tablet.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:29

10. gwhyte01 (Posts: 44; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)


Best comment i've seen on any bog site tonight.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:49 2

12. Vorsayo (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Jan 2012)


Full windows 8 experience, with all programs able to be installed. Sounds good to me. I may have to sell my android tablet, and get this one instead. Plus the connectivity that will exist between my PC and my tablet will be phenomenal. Its one of the things people love about Apple products, how their iMac, Mac Book Pro, iPad, iPhone, iPod and Apple TV all link together and make life easier. Having a Tablet that will work well with my desktop and laptop will be awesome. I may even get and Windows Phone 7 (or 8 when it launches) to complete the experience.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 21:59

16. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


yes, specs can blow us apart but the price? - it hangs everyone on the thread...

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 22:02 1

17. Commentator (Posts: 2399; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Any word on RAM or dedicated graphics for the Intel variant?

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 22:22 4

18. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The tablet needs to be 400 or so for the RT version to really push sales against the ipad and android. Its neat and the touch keyboard is awesome looking and definately something thats intriguing, but RT is not going to have near the ecosystem of either ICS or iOS and it needs to compensate for that... lest they want to be the next over priced "webOS" or "RIM" tablet.

I can easily see the full W8 desktop tablets creeping the 1000+ range. It is a full touch laptop with the keyboard. Thankfully with that segment having heavy competition from other manufacturers like it normally does, the price on it should drop quickly. 6 months after launch we should see similar things in a more reasonable 500-700ish range.

I give it a month from launch for that keyboard to be hacked for use on android though. unless it has some proprietary locking mechanism like a chip, that is. I'd definitely pick one up if i could make it work on my tablet now.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:59

32. poddey (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


"I give it a month from launch for that keyboard to be hacked for use on android though. unless it has some proprietary locking mechanism like a chip, that is. I'd definitely pick one up if i could make it work on my tablet now."

That'd be awesome but the touch covers look like they have proprietary pins on them so I don't think they are bluetooth.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 22:27

19. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1834; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Hell yeaaa!!! This will replace my s**tty 5 yr old desktop,, :-) I'm going for the Intel base full windows 8 experience!!!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 22:28

20. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Talk about Intel Ivy Bridge, tell people how powerful it is.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 00:09

22. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2669; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Ivy Bridge will be powerful, but we still need to see what kind of battery life it can put up.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 07:07

28. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


unless you have something that confirms ivy bridge, I wouldnt expect it. That class of processor isnt meant to be battery friendly. That would be super sweet though.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 07:36

29. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 319; Member since: 07 May 2012)


here's your confirmationhttp://www.engadget.com/2012/06/18/microsoft-surface-tablets-the-differences-between-rt-and-window/

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 22:48

21. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Hey, Nokia, remember how you wanted to build a Win8 tablet? You know, your best buddy MS who bailed you out with millions of dollars?

Well **** that idea!

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 02:20

26. edrich (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Nokia's business is smartphones and feature phones. Nokia doesn't need to make a tablet, they can concentrate on the next gen Windows Phones, which along with this, and the Xbox etc will from quite a sweet package for any consumer

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 01:59

25. jove39 (Posts: 1278; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...I am not buying RT for sure and what the hell...will buy pro...with all my savings :)

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 03:52

27. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


well its a direct compition vs IPADS,Android Tablet,LAPTOPS even computers name it fun part is it can replace LAPTOPs soon so price wont matter here since we do more then just doing limited thing with ipads and android tabs which in my optinion are totally useless for their high specs(quad core just to see pictures and games lag free) seriously i would like to run a Visual Studio im my office on it and other stuff where i can keep it on and running like a laptop

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:08

30. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


This is kind of what Windows needs to do with WindowsPhone.. Like the touchcover.. if they created their own phone like the Dell Venue Pro (with a sliding Portrait QWERTY keyboard) and sold it at all the main carriers at launch they would be DIFFERENT. Not just another 4.3" smartphone. Its why I love my DVP.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 08:53

31. poddey (Posts: 75; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Man, I have been waiting to get a Windows tablet ever since I heard MS were integrating touch into W8 and MS certainly didn't disappoint with this announcement!

Tech-wise MS have knocked this one way out of the park. With its innovative 'transformer' capabilities, slim profile and premium build quality, the Surface tablets kind of makes all the W8 devices just seen at Computex obsolete...

Sure, MS will have to get the price just right to sell these babies if in fact market penetration is what they are after. But it may be a smarter move for them to market this as a halo device and put a (small) premium on it to give its OEM partners some market space. Even so I think it will do well. Assuming MS maintains backward compatibility with Office 97 and 2007 docs, this thing is going to offer the best of both worlds: true office productivity and mobile app playability. Right now you really have to buy two devices to do that so the Surface is going to be very appealing if MS are going to let people have one for as close to a '2 for 1' deal as they can.

I do have one nitpick with the Surface though... I wanted the 16:9 aspect but because of that I also wanted the tablet to also play nice with a keyboard dock/cover in portrait mode, mainly for writing papers. If some OEM can figure that one out I'd buy theirs in a heartbeat (if it's otherwise decently spec'd of course).

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:47

33. Fallout09 (Posts: 415; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Wonder what the HD size would be for the Intel based tablet would be? I cant see my self running a full Windows 8 experience on 32GB or 64GB hard drive.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 11:02

34. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2669; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Intel will be 64/128GB hdd.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:11

35. Fallout09 (Posts: 415; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Frown face .... Even my laptop 5 yrs ago had 160GB HD and was filled up pretty quickly over time. 64GB/128GB is a deal breaker for me.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 06:35

36. andrew1953 (Posts: 174; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


So far it would all seem pretty honk dorie but we really need to see how well it pairs up with a Windows 8 phone. I have a BB playbook with a 9800 and a 9860. Looking forward to release of BB10 with matching QSX O/S. Also the very smooth,sophisticated Asus Padphone -phone,tablet and keypad dock all in one. Finally the MS Surface Tablet with Win 8 phone. Lastly a Galaxy Note 2 with a 10.1" Note Tablet with pressure point pens.

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