28 Dec Microsoft unveils next step in tablet evolution
Earlier this year, Microsoft hit the ground running with its Surface RT launch. The device was remarkable on its own, offering a new way of combining portability with functionality, as well as a brand new operating system and graphic user interface. Not every critic and consumer was impressed, but in terms of an inaugural product, the Surface was an outstanding breakthrough for Microsoft.
The company is now launching a successor to the Surface line, bundling new software and other extras to entice consumers. The Surface Pro will be available to the public sometime in the beginning of 2013, but some models are already making use of the Windows 8 Pro suite, according to CNET.
Microsoft's new Surface Pro will give consumers and corporate owners more flexibility in terms of computing power and method of use, CNET stated. As a holdover from older slate models, the source stated that Microsoft will launch the line with a stylus, making it easier to use with presentations and interactive images. On top of that, mini-HDMI ports and firewire-ready jacks indicate that this model is specifically intended for corporate use, where hooking into high-resolution screens and other sharing resource will be more necessary.
The Surface Pro is also being likened to an ultrabook in terms of performance, CNET noted. Apart from its hefty price tag, the Pro runs a 64-bit processing system and has just over 7 hours of continuous battery use. Coupled with the Intel i5 Ivy Bridge core, the device has much swifter performance, and can outstrip most other tablets on the market.
Press Blue wrote that other things have been upgraded with the new Surface Pro as well. Apart from just additional peripherals and a bigger screen, Microsoft has bumped up onboard storage to 128GB and now has a larger amount of RAM as well. This makes it the most high-performing, but most expensive, tablet to hit the market. It runs like a laptop but is sleek like a tablet, combining the best of both worlds with a superior operating system. What's more, rather than being a passive consumer device, the Pro is actually built for the working world, explaining its built-in security software and added processing speed, two major steps up from the RT launch.