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Windows Surface tablet
See Surface tablet.
Microsoft's tablet computer. Introduced in 2012, the Surface was the first Microsoft tablet; however, starting in 2015, other Surface products debuted (see Surface versions).
Surface Pro - Windows 10 Pro
Running Windows 10 Pro, the 12" Surface Pro tablets are available with m3, i5 or i7 CPUs, RAM from 4 to 16GB and SSD storage from 128GB to 1TB. An optional dock plugs into the Surface for external monitors and peripherals when working in the home or office.
Surface Go and Windows 10 S
Surface tablets were always premium products, but in 2018, the Go debuted as an entry-level tablet with Windows 10 S. A one-time switch to full Windows is included (see Windows 10 S).
There Used to Be Two Versions
The Surface tablet originally came in two versions: ARM-based tablets that ran Windows RT and x86-based tablets that ran regular Windows (see table below). The RT tablets were later dropped (see Windows RT).
Not the First Hardware for Microsoft
Although famous for software, Microsoft has also offered and been very successful with mice, keyboards and the Xbox game console. However, for more than 30 years, Microsoft depended on third-party vendors for PC hardware until it introduced the Surface line in 2012. See PixelSense.
An Early Surface Tablet
SURFACE TABLETS Runs
Windows SSD/RAM Win
Current Version CPU (GB) Apps
Surface Pro 10 Pro x86 1024/16 Yes
Surface Go 10 S x86 256/8 No
Old Models (10" Screen)
Surface RT RT ARM 64/2 No
Surface 2 RT ARM 64/2 No
Surface 2 (LTE) RT ARM 64/2 No
Surface 3 (LTE) 8.1 x86 128/4 Yes
Surface Pro 8 x86 256/4 Yes
Surface Pro 2 8 x86 512/8 Yes
Surface Pro 3 8.1 x86 512/8 Yes
Surface Pro 4 10 x86 1024/16 Yes
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