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Microsoft Surface with Windows RT Available for Pre-Order

Written By Hans Berger on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 4:45 PM

Microsoft Surface RT now available for pre-order
Today Microsoft announced that their Microsoft Surface tablet with Surface RT is now available for pre-order. This tablet can be purchased from http://www.Surface.com and will be released on October 26. Pricing for this tablet starts at $499 for a 32 GB model, $599 for a 32 GB model with a Touch Cover, and $699 for a 64 GB model with Touch Cover. The Touch Cover is a dual-purpose pressure-sensitive external keyboard and protective cover, and it's available in five different colors (Cyan, White, Magenta, Black, and Red). If you like mechanical keyboards there's a Type Cover available as well.

Here are the specs of the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT:
  • Operating System - Windows RT, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview
  • Exterior - 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches, 1.5 pounds, VaporMg casing, dark titanium color, volume and power buttons
  • Storage - 32 GB, and 64 GB
  • Display - Screen: 10.6" ClearType HD Display • Resolution: 1366 x768 • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen) • Touch: 5-point multi-touch
  • CPU - Chip: NVIDIA T30 • System memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Wireless - Wirless: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Battery - Up to 8 hours mixed activity • 7-15 days idle life
  • Cameras - Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing
  • Audio - Stereo speakers • Two microphones
  • Ports - Full-size USB 2.0 • microSDXC card reader • Headphone jack • HD video out port • Cover port
  • Sensors - Ambient light sensor • Accelerometer • Gyroscope • Magnetometer
  • Warranty - 1-year limited hardware warranty
  • Apps (included) - Mail • Messaging • Word • Power Point • Excel • OneNote • SkyDrive • Internet Explorer 10 • Bing • Music • Video • Games • and more.
If you do plan on pre-ordering a Microsoft Surface tablet, you should know that there are two versions: Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro. The Surface with Windows 8 Pro will offer the full Windows 8 experience, while Windows RT will not. If you want to be able to run desktop applications like iTunes or Google Chrome you'll need to wait for the Surface with Windows 8 Pro to be released, but if you only plan on using tablet apps then Surface RT is good enough. 

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