Microsoft Surface event | CNET

Microsoft Surface event

Microsoft's Surface division has invited journalists to a "small gathering" in New York City on May 20. Best bets are for the unveiling of a Surface Mini tablet, along with a possible Surface Pro 3.

  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:15:08 PM
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:15:35 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:15:54 PM
    By the way, this talk about how laptops are designed to "do" things shows why the Yoga-style design is the best hybrid design to date -- because it doesn't compromise the laptop shape.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:16:05 PM
    Just noticed that there's a laptop, a Macbook Air, up on stage behind that scale -- whatever we're getting today will apparently compete with that.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:16:20 PM
    Panos is now holding the MacBook Air, and an iPad Air as well.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:16:29 PM
    Uh oh, is MS planning some kind of fold-back, Yoga-style device?
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:16:34 PM
    Panos is describing the shopping experience, about what you're supposed to buy.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:16:35 PM
    HP, Acer, and others have all gotten on the 360-degree-hinge bandwagon.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:17:13 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:17:23 PM
    People who have worked at major PC makers have all told me that the Yoga-style hinge is the least expensive hybrid-style hinge hardware to implement.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:17:24 PM
    "Almost every time" Panos says that sales people turn around and ask consumers "What is it that you want to do?" Consumers want to do everything, of course. "Does that conflict need to exist?"
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:17:35 PM
    "You walk into a store and that conflict is right in front of you."
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:17:50 PM
    Frankly, not knowing if you want a tablet or laptop is *not* the biggest problem of the retail tech shopping experience.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:17:56 PM
    "96% of the time you buy two things," a tablet and a laptop. So, today, he wants to remove the conflict.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:18:11 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:18:22 PM
    "To do it you need to have everything in one package. You'd have to not compromise anything... This paradigm called battery life, using your product all day, all that had to still be true."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:18:37 PM
    "It all had to be there. Maybe it had to be a little bigger, because man these small screens they look small. And there's a reason for that -- they are!"
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:18:45 PM
    "This paradigm called battery life." Not sure that usage is correct.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:18:47 PM
    "Today we take the conflict away, and I am absolutely sure of that."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:18:49 PM
    It's Surface Pro 3!
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:18:51 PM
    Ok, Surface Pro 3!
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:18:53 PM
    Video time!
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:19:00 PM
    We're getting a snazzy intro video, of course.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:19:13 PM
    12-inch screen, portrait orientation. Start button on the right!
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:19:25 PM
    Same kickstand, but it folds into multiple position, 9.1mm thick.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:19:32 PM
    Better-than-HD screen, still got the kickstand, thiner, plus stylus.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:19:48 PM
    A pen is included, pressure-sensitive. USB 3.0. Type-covers are there, in multiple-colors. It pops up, too, to give a better typing angle.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:20:04 PM
    Aesthetics are much the same as the current Surface.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:20:21 PM
    "This is the tablet that can replace your laptop" -- says Panos.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:20:45 PM
    Ok, so some design improvements to be sure, but is it really that different? 9.1mm thick is pretty good, however.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:20:57 PM
    Bezels are definitely narrower, the device is thinner. The most interesting thing is the orientation change. Again, the start button is on the short side now, relative to the current models, where it's on the long side.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:21:08 PM
    Again, 9.1mm thick, the thinnest Intel Core product ever, says Panos.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:21:09 PM
    It went down from 10.6mm to 9.1mm.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:21:28 PM
    It's also faster than the Pro 2, despite that thinness.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:22:06 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:22:10 PM
    Snap-on magnetic keyboard looks mostly the same, but with a little kickstand-like bump to raise the back of the keyboard.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:22:23 PM
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:22:37 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:22:39 PM
    The display is "absolutely beautiful" -- 12-inches, a 3:2 aspect ratio. 2,160 x 1,440 - "Pixel Free" is Microsoft's term.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:22:48 PM
    Optically bonded, "the highest contrast ratios in the industry."
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:22:51 PM
    Ah, with a 12-inch screen, the MacBook Air we see (with a 13-inch screen) hiding behind the scale on stage makes more sense.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:23:27 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:23:29 PM
    "This product is beautiful," Panos has said repeatedly. He's seemingly quite fond of the thing.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:23:36 PM
    It weighs 800 grams.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:23:58 PM
    Weighs 800 grams. Quick, someone translate that to something I understand!
Powered by Platform for Live Reporting, Events, and Social Engagement