Microsoft followers are rejoicing over the announcement made by the company that it will be releasing its own tablet PC calling it the Microsoft Surface Tablet. This will be a great addition to the market dominated by the iOS and Android operating systems. Of course, it will be to the advantage of tablet PC manufacturers as they now have an option for the operating system to use for their future tablet PC models. They will not be stuck with getting Google’s Android operating system to work with their hardware.
Also, those looking for a tablet PC to purchase will have another option to look into with the introduction of the Surface Tablet. They will now need to decide, “Is it time to sell my iPad 2 or not” once the Surface Tablet will be available for purchase.
Microsoft has some pretty impressive specs with the soon to be released Surface Tablet. First is that they have two variants available. The Basic version will have a Windows RT as its operating system. This operating system was developed from their Windows 8 OS particularly for the use of mobile gadgets like tablet PCs and smart phones. For now, it is still the Surface Basic that will be using this operating system, but who knows? Microsoft could develop its own line of Smartphones using this operating system. For the Surface Pro, which is the other variation, it will run on the full version of Windows 8 making it a lightweight alternative to your laptop, albeit with a few limitations. There is a slight difference between the two variants when talking about its form with the Basic version being lighter at 1.5lbs and thinner at 9.3mm. The processor that will be used is also different with the two models. The Basic has an ARM chipset while the Pro version uses a 22nm Ivy Bridge processor. Both models will have a 10.6-inch screen but the Basic will have a ClearType HD Screen and the Pro will have a ClearType Full HD display.
As for the pricing, Microsoft has yet to announce how much each unit would cost but it will definitely be quite competitive compared to the iPad.
Apple’s iPad on the other hand wowed the audience when it announced that it would finally support the Retina Display with the new version. This alone was enough to convince people that selling iPad 2 was worth the upgrade. Aside from the display and screen resolution, the hardware components were also upgraded with the dual core, 1000MHz with 1024MB of RAM and Apple iOS 5 operating systems. The camera for the new iPad was also upgraded to 5 megapixels with Full HD recording capability. Also, you can choose to get the model with 3G connectivity so that you have Internet connection anytime anywhere.
For now, it is really hard to tell which is the better tablet PC or if it’s time to sell my iPad 2 in order to shift to the new Microsoft Surface Tablet. Until we get our hands on the Surface Tablet and see and feel how it works, we can hold on to that judgment call. We will be able to finally conclude who wins the tablet war when Surface is out and available in the market.