Microsoft hedges bets with tablet processor
It looks like Microsoft’s Surface tablet, announced yesterday, will come in both ARM and Intel versions.
The lighter (676g) thinner (9.3mm) one running Windows RT on an ARM processor, and the 903g 13.5mm version running Windows 8 Pro on an Intel x86.
Microsoft is being cagy about what sort of 10.6in displays will be included, describing them only as ‘HD’ and ‘Full HD’ respectively.
Its specifications include two figures: 31.5Wh and 42Wh respectively, labelled as ‘Energized’, that look a lot like battery capacities and, at a rough Electronics Weekly guess, suggest the run life will be similar, or somewhat better with the ARM version. It will depend significantly on how much Intel manages to improve its x86 power consumption, how heavy RT is on the ARM architecture, and whether there is much difference between the displays in the two ranges.
Taking a lead from Asus’ Transformer range, Surface comes with a clip-on keyboard – in the Surface case, a novel 3mm thick flexible keyboard-cum-cover, or a thicker more-conventional keyboard.