Microsoft announced yesterday that they will be producing a line of tablets, which will run Windows 8. This is a new move for Microsoft, who’s previous hardware ventures haven’t gone much past mice and keyboards.
The tablets have a 10.6 inch 16:9 HD display with Magnesium Vapor-Mag cases. Unique to these tablets cases are the removable ultra-thin full keyboard, and kickstand for the tablet.
There will be two versions, the “Windows RT” and the “Surface Pro”. The RT specs would be comparable to an iPad, while the Surface Pro would be a more powerful laptop replacement. When you consider the price of the adapters and devices needed for the iPad to give you USB, microSD, HDMI and a keyboard, the rumored $1,100 price of the Pro is pretty comparable. These prices may change by the time the device is actually on the market.
Depending on the quality of this product and Microsoft’s marketing ability, this could be some real competition for Apple and its flagship iPad.