Microsoft Surface Pro: a Tablet that can stand in for your PC
Microsoft brought some new energy into the tablet space with the launch of the Surface tablet. Apple's dominance of the tablet market has slowed innovation as the company preferred to live under the shadows of Steve Jobs, while the trial and error approach of the Android bandwagon have not really helped. So, there was a need for some excitement, and the Microsoft Surface might just be it.
The PC fights backFinally we get a tablet that makes the talk of a post-PC world sound naive. With the launch of the Surface tablet, Microsoft is sending a clear message, the PC is not going anywhere, but will transform and maybe even show the way once more. In the Surface and its anticipated descendants the PC could be reborn.
So far, tablets have been play things. But, beyond just browsing the internet and streaming videos, we might at long last have a tablet that can actually do some serious computing and turn tablets from the over-sized smartphones they are today to serious multi-purpose computing and entertainment devices.
It is not uncommon for professionals to move around with tablets and laptops. If Microsoft Surface Pro delivers on its promise, it could reduce traveling weight for mobile workers. A tablet that can run mobile apps and desktop apps like MS Office is an attractive offer if it can deliver on user experience.
New Tablet Design
The Microsoft Surface Pro tablet features a cover that flips down to become a full keyboard. Keyboards are not new to tablets; however Microsoft is bringing in some new design concept. Microsoft's unique Touch Cover, based on Microsoft's in-house research offers an ultra-slim and low power-keyboard.
For now it is not clear whether the Touch Cover will come separately or come bundled with the Microsoft Surface tablet. However, the fact the keyboard featured prominently in the launch announcement of the Microsoft Surface may suggest the keyboard could be integrated. But, maybe Microsoft just wanted to show-off their cool new keyboard that is just 3mm thick. The keyboard attaches to the Microsoft Surface via a magnetic connector.
The Surface tablet also features a thoughtful kickstand that makes using it on top of a desk or any flat surface easy. Microsoft thoughtfully designed the keyboard and kickstand to stay out of the way when you want to use the Microsoft Surface just as a tablet.
Inside the Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro runs Windows 8 on an Intel Core i5 processor. It is an ultra-thin PC capable of running most Windows desktop applications. It will run both Metro styled apps and full Windows applications. The Microsoft Surface Pro will come with 64GB or 128GB storage.
Surface Pro tablet features 10.6-inch display with full HD resolution (1080p). It also features a USB 3.0 port, microSD slot, a digital pen, a mini display port. For now a lot of details about the Surface Pro are unknown, so expect Microsoft to reveal more in the coming months.
Price & Availability
Microsoft Surface Pro is not currently available in Nigeria, but the Microsoft Surface RT is currently available in Nigeria at Konga.com starting at a price of N90,000.