The Microsoft Surface reached the tablet-market shores on October 26. The tablet built by Microsoft runs Windows 8 is a touchscreen tablet that can also be used as a compact notebook computer. It’s primarily distributed through Microsoft online, but a few brick-and-mortar retail shops currently sell it, as well.
The Windows 8 tablets are aimed at corporate and business users, especially those that need to run legacy Microsoft applications, whether in the office or in the field.
One model of the Surface, that sells for $499, was sold out for more than a week. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claimed that sales were constrained by the limits of the sales-channel sales and, as a result, sales of the new tablet device “are starting modestly.”
Lenovo has set sail with a couple of tablets in the Windows 8 tablet market with the IdeaTab Lynx (a.k.a. IdeaCentre K3), which has an 11.6-inch display and features an Atom Clover Trail processor and the Twist, which has a Core I5 or i7.
Ballmer also said that Microsoft will also offer an Intel-based Surface, for high-end users. It’s due in the near future. It’s slated to have:
* OS: Windows 8 Pro
* Thickness: 0.53 inch
* Weight: 2 lbs.
* Processor: 3rd Gen Intel “Ivy Bridge” Core i5 Processor
* Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
* RAM: 4GB of memory
* Storage: up to 128GB.
* Display: high-resolution 1,920×1,080 10.6-inch display.
A reported physical defect in the Surface has emerged in online blogs and been confirmed by Microsoft. Microsoft is now “aware of a small number of instances of material separation” of the new Surface tablet covers. It’s a fairly costly accessory, costing more than $100 US. It serves as a protective covering for the Surface tablet and was also released last month. Microsoft does not know how widespread the defect is, though, and asks that anyone with the issue contact their customer support.