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Microsoft Reveals their "Surface" tablet

  1. #41


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    Quote Originally Posted by echrada View Post
    The one burning question on my mind is RAM? How many GB's?
    The Windows RT version will have 32 GB or 64GB of storage, the Windows 8 Pro 64GB or 128GB, no mention of available RAM on the spec sheet I downloaded.

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  2. #42


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    Storage and memory vastly different things and that is why I would like to know what the RAM (memory) capacity will be.
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  3. #43


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    Vista and Win7


    Regarding RAM, the current status is TBA. Same for cameras and some other features.

    Regarding the advantages of the RT version, here are a few points I can think of:

    - less electricity consumption, thus longer battery life
    - faster performance due to RISC
    - smaller RAM requirements
    - possibility to run applications designed for ARM processors
    - probably lower cost because a Tegra is cheaper than an Ivy Bridge
    - good and fast graphics with the latest generation of the ARM processors

    - and probably some more that I forgot and you guys can add.
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  4. #44


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    Windows 7/8


    RISC is not "faster performance", it's really just "lower power".

    At the same clock speed, RISC is usually significantly slower that CISC, and the Arm chips used will probably be at or below the clock speed of the i5 used in the "Pro" version.

    The only real points I can see about the RT version is, smaller (lighter), cheaper, better battery life (maybe, though I bet the battery sizes will be commensurate with power consumption in the end).

    Pro version has a better screen, more storage, more processor power, FAR more app availability etc... but will be heavier and more expensive.
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  5. #45


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    I just finished watching the keynote of the release, wow, that thing will cost a pretty penny....
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  6. #46


    "Why Microsoft Surface could be the biggest shake-up in the tablet market since the arrival of the iPad".
    Why Microsoft Surface could be the biggest shake-up in the tablet market since the arrival of the iPad - Yahoo! News UK
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  7. #47


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    It comes with 32 bit o/s doesn't it?

    No secure boot , then.

    It looks great - I am happy to say - well done MS!

    There won't be many looking for a windows tablet - but they will look for a gorgeous tablet.

    Seems MS has understood that.


    Pricing is going to be big factor.

    My guess is they will have to go head on with ipad £399 or less uk pricing for RT.

    If they can keep the Pro version down to £499 they will do very well.
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  8. #48


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    Quote Originally Posted by echrada View Post
    Storage and memory vastly different things and that is why I would like to know what the RAM (memory) capacity will be.
    I hear you, that was the best I could do at the moment. I'd also like to know how much video RAM is onboard.
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  9. #49


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    xp , 7Pro, 8RP, Android phone, Tablet


    Looks interesting but success or failure will totally depend on the price.
    However each type of device has its own place in my opinion not shared by all of course.
    I have a desktop twin screens 3800x1200pxs of workspace for design and hard graft editing etc.
    I have a laptop taken out to customer sites where work has to be done.
    I have a tablet 10" (arm-Android) which I love 32GB+32GB for traveling, music, photos, books, movies as well as internet, email with a 8 hour battery life and a 5in smart phone small version of above tablet with satnav etc that lives in my pocket for voice communication.
    But my guess is 90% of all users only use social media on the net, buy a few items, store pics and music and maybe write a couple of dozen emails a month and constantly inane tweeting. A tablet is great for that but my money is on 5in. smart phones
    combining phone and tablet with more real estate than current smatphones.
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  10. #50


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    Ther is a problem for MS here.

    What will the oem's think?

    One of them must have been secretly making this for MS.

    It will be the device that gets all the MS publicity, it won't have bloatware - it will be "competetitively priced"

    How are the other oem's supposed to compete with that?

    They are expected to pay $85 per unit licensing- which must have down badly with them already.

    Now there is MS - and one oem - competing with them.

    Furious isn't the word.
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