On Monday, Microsoft unveiled its long-awaited “Surface” tablets, which will be powered by Windows 8 and launch this fall to give the Apple iPad a legitimate run for its money.
Or will it be a true hard-hitting competitor after all?
According to the tech rumor mill on Friday, the Surface slates will be available with Wi-Fi connectivity only. Over time, with future generations, wireless carriers will likely factor into the equation and bring Surface up to speed with the rest of the tablet world.
But, for now, Surface may be restricted to Wi-Fi. And that could limit its attractiveness to consumers, especially if another rumor proves correct. As it turns out, the price tag could be higher than that of the iPad.
The Windows tablet does, however, still have its fair share of unique advantages.
Incredibly, the ARM-powered Windows RT model is thinner than the new third-generation iPad and delivers a 10.6-inch screen with a 16:9 HD resolution. All told, Microsoft’s tablet only weighs approximately a single ounce more than Apple’s market-dominating tablet.
“Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability [GA] of Windows and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later,” confirms Microsoft. “Both will be sold in the Microsoft Stores in the US and available through select online Microsoft Stores.”
So… are you still excited for the new Surface tablet? Or would Wi-Fi only and a hefty price tag dissuade you from buying the first-generation Microsoft tablet? Please weigh in with a thought or comment below.