Feature Video: The new tablet is good for productivity tasks, but is currently lacking in the number of apps available for the new platform.
The Microsoft Surface tablet is now available widely at retailers in Canada following the launch of Windows 8.
We got a hands on demo of the device at Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 launch event on Monday. Take a look at this rare hardware release from Microsoft in this video:
Those who are looking to use a tablet as a productivity tool may be drawn to the Surface. It has handy ports like a standard USB input, so you can connect it to a USB keyboard or printer for example. It also has a mini-HDMI output port and expandable storage with a microSD card slot.
Here’s a quick look at the specs for Surface with Windows RT, the tablet available on the market now: it has a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage with a 64 GB option. The screen is 10.6 inches in a widescreen format, with a resolution of 1366 by 768, and there are two video cameras capable of shooting 720p video.
Pricing for the Surface in Canada starts at $519 for the 32 GB version. If you add the touch cover, the cost is $619, and if you want to buy the 64 GB version with the cover, the cost is $719.
Still to come from Microsoft is the Surface with Windows 8 Pro. This tablet will run on an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000. It will have 4 GB of memory and offer up to 128 GB of storage. It will be a bit heftier than the current Surface model, and it’s not yet known what the price will be.