When the Surface tablet was announced in June, nothing much was known except for the screen size, the accessories and the fact that it will run Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro. Now Microsoft has revealed the main specs of the Surface tablet, at least for the RT variant. The pricing was also revealed earlier on Microsoft’s website and they are now official. For the base Surface RT model, the price is $499 which gives you 32GB of storage. The 64GB model goes for $599. The accessories can be purchased bundled with the tablet or separately.
The price for the Surface RT seems reasonable considering the hardware specs. The tablet will feature an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU (T30), 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB storage, microSD expansion slot, rear and front facing cameras, 1,366 x 768 resolution 10.6-inch display, USB 2.0 port, WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, dual microphones, stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack and a host of sensors.
Out of the box, the Surface RT tablet will have preloaded apps including Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), Windows Mail and Windows Messaging, SkyDrive, Windows Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Xbox Games.
The Surface RT is one of Microsoft’s chances of getting a share of the tablet market and a way to showcase its Windows 8 OS. It would have made an impact if the pricing was a lower than the official pricing but considering the specs, the Surface RT is not unreasonably priced.
Microsoft Surface RT Tablet Specifications
- Dimensions: 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Screen size: 10.6 inches
- Screen resolution: 1,366 x 768
- Screen type: ClearType
- Battery: “24W power supply”
- Internal storage: 32GB or 64GB
- External storage: microSDXC
- Rear camera: 720p
- Front-facing cam: 720p
- Ports: USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, cover port, “HD video out”
- Sensors: Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass
- Audio: Two microphones, stereo speakers
- Wireless: WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
- Processor: NVIDIA T30
- RAM: 2GB
- Operating system: Windows RT
- Included apps: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), Windows Mail and Windows Messaging, SkyDrive, Windows Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Xbox Games
- Warranty: One year