BY | January 3, 2013

Google’s Nexus 10 is among the best available tablets in the market. It is directly challenging Apple’s top selling tablet iPad 4 and has shown to the world that even the best cannot go unchallenged. Till Nexus 10 hit the market there was a sort of feeling deep down many minds and even tech specialists that Apple may remain unchallenged in the fast expanding tablet market.

To be true, Apple gave life to this market by launching its original tablet some three years ago and since then it has managed to expand at breakneck speed. This has killed netbook market and now many manufacturers of the netbook have altogether stopped manufacturing g it while two others who continue to manufacture it are also preparing to shut it down.

But there are other tablets in the reckoning other than Google’s Nexus 10 and Apple’s iPad 4. Microsoft, the software giant that made its foray into the tablet market just two months ago is all set to launch its top rated Surface Pro. Though Microsoft is branding it a tablet, the machine will be just a mid-range ultrabook with all the goodies that are part of a standard machine. The Redmond based company has announced the availability of Surface tablet, running on Windows 8 Pro OS, in the market by January next year. The Surface Pro, quite expensive, will cost you $899 for 64 GB version and $999 for 128 GB version. The price mentioned above does not include one of the fancy keyboards that come with the Surface. Fancy Keyboards are sold separately and that will cost you additional $120. However, it is not clear from the release whether Microsoft will discount them if you buy Surface Pro. Kirkland analyst Wes Miller said “At that price, by the time you add the keyboard you’re at the price of an 11-inch MacBook”.
For many of us it will be a dream product as the Surface Pro is supposed to be a laptop replacement as with Intel chip it can runs almost all Windows applications, including Windows 7 applications. Earlier version, Surface RT was not able to run application such as Photoshop, however, tag price of RT was $400 less than Surface Pro. The Intel-based Surface Pro will also feature a Core i5 processor with integrated graphics to power a 10.6-inch display running at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels in a 16:9 aspect ratio. It also has a Mini Display Port that can power an external display up to 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Surface Pro features 10-point multi-touch support All Surface Pro models will come with a Surface Pen, Microsoft’s proprietary stylus, with Palm Block technology. The hardware also features 4 gigabytes of RAM, a USB 3.0 port, and the full Windows 8 operating system.

On the other hand the 10-inch Google Nexus tablet from Samsung is known as having the highest resolution screen of any tablet yet. It sports a 10.55-in display with a whopping screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels at 299-ppi. The device even beats gadgets like the Retina display-based iPad 4 and some top small ultrabooks in display clarity. Reviewers have mentioned display clarity as the biggest attribute of the tablet. The Nexus 10 is a super power tablet. A powerful dual core ARM Cortex15 processor, 2GB of RAM and the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean power the device. “Nexus 10 has a beautifully sharp screen. It’s light, durable, and has the fastest processor of any Android tablet. Photo Sphere is an incredibly cool concept. Google’s content ecosystem is only getting better,” says CNET. Its base version comes for a low price of $399. So the tablet market is entering a very exciting period and we are going to love the tough competition in the days to come.

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