Originally Posted by saratoga
Intel CPU == laptop Windows with a touch interface
ARM CPU == low power tablet processor with a touch interface
If you want to use it for laptop things, you'll probably want the Intel version. If you want good battery life and lightweight and don't care about compatibility with Windows software or performance, get the ARM one.
Correct, although I'd expand upon this and note that the ARM-based Surface runs Windows RT (a.k.a. Windows 8 for ARM devices) while the Intel-based Surface Pro runs Windows 8 Pro. As a result, the Surface Pro is compatible with all of your legacy desktop applications.
- ARM CPU
- Windows RT
- Thin and light
- No fans
- Includes Office 2013 RT (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote)
- Only runs Metro-style Windows 8 apps from the Windows Store
- Comparable to current tablets (nice ones, not like the Kindle Fire or Nexus 7)
- Intel CPU
- Windows 8 Pro
- Slightly thicker than the ARM-based Surface
- Fans (vented around the entire edge of the device)
- Office 2013 sold separately
- Fully compatible with all of your traditional desktop applications, from Photoshop to Office and video games
- Comparable to current Ultrabooks
Exact pricing and specs will be announced at a later date, but expect them to be priced similarly to the iPad and nice Ultrabooks. The Surface will be released on October 26, followed by the Surface Pro approximately 90 days later. They'll primarily be sold through Microsoft Stores.