In all the excitement over the Microsoft Surface yesterday, one thing that we were surprisingly short of were actual specifications. Well, it looks like that’s about to change as we’ve just got a link to the specification sheet for both the ARM version of the Microsoft Surface as well as the x86/64 version.
While the specifications are far from complete, they do offer a better picture of what we’re all eagerly waiting to go on sale. The ARM Microsoft Surface comes preloaded with Windows RT with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student preinstalled. The actual hardware is 676 g heavy and just 9.3 mm thick – which is, as has been pointed out all over the place on Twitter and the such, thinner than Apple’s newest iPad. It also has a 31.5 W-h battery, a MicroSD reader, a USB 2.0 port, Micro HD Video, and a 2×2 MIMO antennae. There will be two models of this variant, a 32GB model and a 64GB model.
On the x86/64 side of the camp, we’ve got a slightly beefier device preloaded with Windows 8 Pro -without- Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student, an interesting omission. The device is 903 g heavy and 13.5 mm thick, significantly heavier than the ARM Surface variant. It’s also got a more powerful 42 W-h battery, a microSDXC card reader instead of the ARM’s microSD, a full size USB 3.0 port instead of the ARM’s 2.0, a Mini DisplayPort port, and a 2×2 MIMO antennae. There’ll also be two models here, a 64GB model and a 32GB model.
Pricing and availability are yet to be available on either of these two puppies, though Microsoft did say in their presentation that the x86/64 variant will be released about three months after the ARM variant.