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Instant Analysis: Microsoft's Surface tablet announcement

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

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 19 Jun 2012, 08:08

30. cdgoin (Posts: 565; 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: 77; 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: 421; 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: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Intel will be 64/128GB hdd.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:11

35. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; 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: 176; 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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