According to research firm IHS, Microsoft Surface 32GB costs $271 to build it and TouchCover costs just $16 to build. Microsoft Surface’s main components include a Tegra 3 processor chip from Nvidia, and a display and memory chips from Samsung. Samsung appears to be having a healthy profit from Surface by supplying display, the memory chips and the battery, pocketing about $137 (almost half of total Surface cost). As every other OEM do, Microsoft seems to be profiting more from the TouchCover keyboard accessory. TouchCover includes chips from Atmel and Freescale Semiconductor and since it’s a compelling accessory for users, Microsoft is trying to squeeze more profit margin from it. You can read more about it from All Things D here. ...

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Paul Thurrott posted this useful tip on his WinSupersite. The Surface tablet lacks a rotation lock button, and the location of the switch is not that obvious. To lock the rotation of the screen, open the Charms > Settings > Screen and find the rotation lock switch on top of the brightness slider. A bit of an odd place to find it – hopefully Microsoft will make it more obvious in a future update. Via WinSupersite.com ...

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There is an increasing impetus to get work done on tablets, and that usually means a keyboard. The best keyboard/case combination for the iPad is the ZagFolio Keyboard Case, which certainly does the job, but weighs 1.2 pounds and adds nearly an inch of thickness (0.8 inches) to the product. Comparing this to the 3mm (0.1 inch) thickness of the very effective Surface Touch Cover, and the built-in stand in the very durable Surface,  and one can clearly see which product has been designed for work from the start and which one has been shoe-horned into the role. No wonder businesses are increasingly planning to move from the iPad to Microsoft Surface products. Via Product-reviews.net ...

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Digitimes: Nokia Windows RT tablet delayed due to Surface.   It seems Acer is not the only OEM who is stepping back from Windows RT products after the announcement of the Surface RT tablet. Digitimes reports that multiple OEMs were initially enthusiastic about Windows on ARM, but that interest has cooled after the launch of the Microsoft Surface. According to them Asustek Computer, Dell, Samsung Electronics and Lenovo all plan to ship less than 50,000 units each of such devices, while Acer of course, but also Sony, HP and Toshiba have all decided not to ship any products at all. Even Nokia, who Digitimes claims was set to launch a Windows RT tablet in cooperation from Compal, has postponed the plans because of Surface RT. Fortunately this has not reduced their commitment to Windows 8, with multiple Clover Trail products already shopping in volume. AMD it has also shipped processors ...

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There are apparently some reviewers who are complaining that the Microsoft Surface is underpowered, and unable to display 1080P video or play graphic-intensive games without lag. Ludwig Hildmann took offense to this, and has posted the above video demonstrating that at least his Surface has no issue with either of these. How have our Surface-using reader’s experience been with the same issues? Let us know below. ...

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In addition to their series of ads for Microsoft’s new tablet- the Surface, Microsoft has released the extended version of their first surface advert on YouTube as a treat to their fans.  The surface tablet was officially released on the 26th, and the 32 GB version is currently sold out in the United States.  While Microsoft has not yet released official figures it appears early sales are going well.  Early projections has Microsoft selling between 3 and 5 million Surface this holiday season. The Surface Pro Windows 8-based tablet will hit the market in January 2013. Check out the school children breakdancing alongside their Surface tablets in the video below. Watch more Surface ads on the official Microsoft Surface YouTube channel. ...

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Slashgear reviewed the Microsoft Surface against the Apple iPad 3 running iOS 6. While the devices Surface tablet had much to be commended for vs the iPad, the issue of the app ecosystem continued to raise its head, hopefully an issue which will rapidly be addressed by the 100,000 apps Microsoft promised by the end of the year. Slashgear’s full review of the device can be seen here. ...

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We posted earlier about the Microsoft Surface beating the Google Nexus 7 in Laptop Magazine’s Tablet World Series league play-off. Now in the next stage the Microsoft Surface is up against the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity  and the device could do with some help, being somewhat behind at the moment. Make your preference known by voting at Laptop Magazine here. Thanks h3man for the tip. ...

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Its probably an error, but Amazon has listed the $119.99 Microsoft Surface Touch Cover for only $19.99, which is a rather massive discount. The 3mm thick cover offers a great typing experience for the tablet, with some saying typing is even better on it than on the bulkier Type Cover. The Cover is marked as out of stock, but there is a small chance the giant retailer will honour the orders when the device does become available. See the accessory at Amazon here. Thanks Chris for the tip. ...

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WMPoweruser.com readers would be familiar with Laptop Magazine’s play-offs, in which Windows Phone fans have multiple times seen off the Android fan boys. While such contests are fun it is actually more rewarding to see the Microsoft  product win without the assistance of our hundreds of thousands of readers. This was the case most recently in the Laptop Magazine Tablet World Series, during which the Microsoft Surface handily beat the much cheaper Google Nexus 7 Android tablet. The next stage will pit the Windows RT tablet against either the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or Asus Transformer Pad, but I suspect given the general performance of Android tablets in the market the Mercedes of tablets will not have any problem dominating again. Thanks Jacopo for the tip. ...

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Acer has been a major critic of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and have now  withdrawn their support from Windows RT by delaying their RT products indefinitely, Reuters reports. "Originally we had a very aggressive plan to come out very early next year but because of Surface, our R&D development doesn’t stop, but we are much more cautious," Acer President Jim Wong told Reuters on Tuesday. "Originally our plan was Q1, but now I don’t think it will be earlier than Q2," Wong said. He complained that Microsoft was undercutting its Windows OESMS, noting that Lenovo and Asustek had unveiled plans for Windows RT tablets starting at $599 before Microsoft surprised the market with its $499 home-built Surface. "I don’t know what’s next, what Microsoft will do," Wong said. "We are watching how Surface is doing … How is RT accepted by customers, how Microsoft is aggressive on RT and on Surface, ...

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In an interview with CNBC, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that Microsoft Surface is the product customers always wanted. He also said that Microsoft Surface competitors such as Apple, Amazon and Google does not provide a work and play experience as Surface does. “I don’t think anybody has done a product that is the product that I see customers wanting,” “You can go through the products from all those guys … and none of them has a product that you can really use. Not Apple. Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point. “This is a first-class tablet that people can enjoy and appreciate,” “It’s a PC; it’s a tablet. It’s for play; it’s for work. It’s a got a great price. That product doesn’t exist today.” Watch the video in ...

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Today ifixit posted their tear down of Microsoft Surface for Windows RT. Microsoft Surface scored a repairability rating of 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). Here are the reasons iFixit posted at the end of the process, Several components are modular and replaceable without requiring desoldering. You can remove the battery pretty easily — once you’ve suffered through the opening procedure. It’s pretty difficult to remove the rear panel and gain access to the device. It is impossible to remove the keyboard connector without first removing the display from the frame. LCD and glass are fused together and strongly adhered to the case, increasing cost of replacement. You’ll have to use a heat gun and lots of patience to gain access to the glass and LCD. Even though 4/10 may look as a poor score, Apple iPad 3 scored a repairability rating of 2 out of 10. Anyways, you don’t have to really worry about ...

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We reported earlier that Microsoft was offering £50 and $50 to international customers in UK and Canada for the delay in their Surface orders. Then we had a few miffed German readers complaining their orders were also delayed, but no compensation was forthcoming. The bad news is that orders are still delayed, but the good news is that Microsoft is willing to make up for it. Reader Fabian has just received an email from Microsoft apologising for the delay, and offered 50 Euro store credit, which can of course be used to buy a Touch or Type cover. Have any of our other German readers received their 50 Euro also? let us know below. Thanks Fabian for the tip. ...

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