The Windows RT version of the Microsoft Surface tablet / convertible is coming on 26th October, along with Windows 8.
Unfortunately the new information doesn’t include anything new about what could be more interesting to readers of Ultrabooknews – the Intel based version of Microsoft Surface.
I wrote some thoughts about Microsoft Surface on UMPCPortal last month and I believe it’s going to be an interesting ultra-mobile, high-dynamic-range PC but for those interested in the full capabilities of the Intel platform, you’ll have to wait until Q1 2013 for what we believe is a Core i5 version of the device – in the style of an Ultraslate!
You’ll have to wait until Intel Haswell versions of the version to appear to get any always-on action though. Unless Haswell is being accelerated for Microsoft Surface in Q1/Q2 2012, we think it’s going to be Q3 until you see the possibility of an Intel platform supporting AOAC – Always On Always Connected – which will bring huge idle battery life to the point, we expect, of many days of active standby. At that point, ARM-based devices could lose much of their advantage.
Prices are still not announced and final specs are unknown.