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FAQ: Microsoft Surface Specs

FAQ: Microsoft Surface Specs

FAQ: Microsoft Surface Specs

Below you will find technical specifications for Microsoft’s new Windows 8 Tablets.

What are the Microsoft Surface RT Specs?

Here are the specs for the MS Surface RT:
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  • OS: Windows RT
  • Processor: Nvidia’s Tegra 3 ARM processor
  • Light(1): 676 g
  • Thin(2): 9.3 mm
  • Clear: 10.6” ClearType HD Display
  • Energized: 31.5 W-h
  • Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Office ‘15’ Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB
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What are the Microsoft Surface Pro Specs?

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  • OS: Windows 8 Pro
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
  • Light(1): 903 g
  • Thin(2): 13.5 mm
  • Clear: 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display
  • Energized: 42 W-h
  • Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB
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What type of processor does the Microsoft Surface use?

The Microsoft Surface RT tablet comes with the Nvidia’s Tegra 3 ARM processor.  This processor should allow the Surface RT to last longer on a battery charge.  The ARM processor based unit should also be cheaper than the Microsoft Surface Pro.

The Microsoft Surface Pro tablet comes with the Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge) processor.  This is the same processor found in laptops.  Thus, it will support full Windows 8 compatibility.  The Surface Pro is likely be more expensive than Surface RT, however.

What is the battery life of the Microsoft Surface?

Microsoft has not released information about the battery life of the Surface Tablets.  We expect the battery life to be comparable to other ARM processor equipped tablets.  We believe (fear) that the battery life of the Surface Pro will be much less.  We are encouraged, however, that Lenovo announced that its ThinkPad Tablet 2 will get 10 hours of battery life.  It runs a low powered Atom processor.  Hopefully the Surface Pro will last at least half that time.

Does Microsoft Surface have speakers and a microphone?

The tablets will come with stereo speakers and dual microphones.

Can I add storage to the Microsoft Surface?

Surface tablets include a micro SD card slot and USB slots so storage can be added to these devices.  It is unknown right now if the SSD drives are user replaceable.

Does the Microsoft Surface have a camera?

Yes, the Surface tablets have both a front facing camera and a rear facing camera.

Where can I find videos of Microsoft Surface tablets?

You can find the latest Microsoft Surface videos here.

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