Will Microsoft's $499 Surface make a dent in the tablet market? On a technical basis, its innards should be illustrative. So we turned to our friends at iFixit, who gave us a mini version of their Surface teardown.
The tablet is notable because it runs Windows RT, which is essentially a
port of Windows 8 to run on ARM processor. It's also got a 10.6-in
screen sporting the mobile-oriented Windows RT icons, as can be seen in Microsoft's publicity shot, below.
to tech specs, Microsoft's Surface tablet is equipped with a quad-core,
ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a high-resolution display of
1366x768 pixels, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB or 64 GB flash storage, and 720p
high-definition front- and rear-facing cameras.
iFixit found it notable that the Surface has laptop-like connectivity, commenting that "nearly every edge includes ports and button." They also gave a shout-out to the "touch cover," which acts as a full keyboard when the tablet is in use, and protects the screen when it's not.
Click through to the next page to see the iFixit teardown shots. (Use
of this teardown, and images two through four, courtesy of Kyle Wiens,
co-founder of iFixit.)