Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Tablets Announced: Everything You Need To Know

Microsoft has unveiled its new Surface tablet today. The new tablet will come in two flavors running a version of Windows 8. The first is a 10.6-inch, 9.3mm thick Surface tablet powered by Windows 8 RT and equipped with an ARM processor made by Nvidia. It features front and back HD cameras, a tough Gorilla Glass 2 made ClearType HD capacitive touchscreen display, built-in kickstand, an all-magnesium VaporMg-made Liquidmetal chassey construction. The Surface tablet with Windows 8 RT will come in 32GB and 64GB capacities.

Microsoft's second Surface tablet model will by powered by Windows 8 Pro, boasting a nearly identical design albeit with a thicker profile at 13.5mm-thick with an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, a full 1080p HD 10.6-inch display and a bigger battery under the robust magnesium enclosure. Also, it'll come in larger storage capacities than the Surface tablet running Windows 8 RT, with 64GB and 128GB capacities. 

Microsoft has also managed to pull of an Apple move in introducing some Smart Cover-like accessories for its two Surface tablets while improving greatly on Apple's magical tablet cover. The Touch Cover is a 3mm thin, pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a fully functioning Multi-Touch keyboard and trackpad. It magnetically connects to the Surface tablet ala-Smart Cover, with a single magnetic clicking connection. And what do you know, it'll come in five vibrant colors. And if you prefer a more traditional, clicky keyboard cover, Microsoft gottchya back with its Type Cover. It's slightly thicker at 5mm thick, and also features a Multi-Touch trackpad. Microsoft hasn't announced any details on pricing or availability yet. Full Surface tablet spec lists, video and more tablet goodness after the break!

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Amazon Holding Major Press Event On Wednesday, Tablets Arriving?

Amazon will officially be holding a press conference in New York for a grand product announcement and unveiling. We highly anticipate Amazon to release the much rumored Amazon Tablets running the Android OS and special Amazon perks will be included like a built-in Kindle. Amazon's press conference is scheduled to set place on Wednesday, September 28 at 10AM. Amazon's Kindle just doesn't look all that appetising in the sea of powerful all-can-do tablets. Amazon's expertise with its Kindle paints high hopes for a solid tablet competitor.

Nir Schneider


WaterField Tablet Cases

If you are an iPad owner there is such a wealth of accessories out there for you that it can be overwhelming. If you own someone else's tablet...not so much.

WaterField knows that you love your tablet just as much, so they will make a custom fit case for your tablet no matter what the dimensions or how off the beaten path it is. Of course, they love your iPad too!

They have a host of tablets that they already have specific sizes for in the Ultimate Sleeve Case, so you may not have to wait for a custom case at all. 

Features of the Ultimate Sleevecase™

  • High-grade, shock-absorbing, neoprene padding
  • Domestically-produced, ballistic nylon shell
  • Ultrasuede®, scratch-free liner to help clean tablet screen upon insertion and removal
  • A high-impact, rigid insert for additional screen protection
  • Lightly padded flap with Velcro closure for extra protection
  • Choice of trim (Lead checkered Indium, or Muzetto Brown Leather)
  • Optional D-rings and a strap to use case as a stand-alone bag
  • All metal hardware add-ons
  • In stock for most popular tablets and custom-made for others
  • TSA-friendly
  • Made entirely in the USA (San Francisco)

Delivery time is about a week on a custom made case and prices range from $49 to $55 with options for additional accessories.

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Amazon Branded Tablets Coming Soon?

Everyone but my mother has jumped onto the tablet bandwagon and now it's the online retail giant, Amazon, is said to begin releasing a few tablets of its own this year. Amazon will release at least two tablets this year under the Amazon brand name running Nvidia's Tegra 2 as well as an ultra-fast quad-core Nvidia T30 processor with a 500% increase over the dual-core Tegra 2 processor. No details further then this have been leaked out at the moment except for the two tablet codenames, dubbed "Coyote" and "Hollywood". Amazon already has the Kindle on its side so bringing a few tablets into the market does seem very plausible. 

Nir Schneider