The Microsoft Surface RT has quite a few folks excited, this writer included, and today the company opened preorders for the new tablet. The pricing will range from $499 - $699 depending on hardware configuration.
The more close-up photos I see of the Surface RT the more is strikes me how much it looks like the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet I reviewed late last year. The black casing is very similar on both tablets, and even the dimensions are similar. This comparison of the hardware specifications of the Surface RT and the ThinkPad Tablet show just how similar they are.
The size of the two tablets is very similar indeed, with the Surface RT longer, narrower, and thinner than the ThinkPad Tablet. It's also slightly lighter than the ThinkPad. The Surface RT has the latest Nvidia processor compared to the Tegra 2 on the older ThinkPad, which makes since given the release dates of the two slates.
While the Surface RT has a larger display with higher resolution, they have the same expansion ports.
The big draw of the Surface RT is Windows RT, and I can't wait to get my hands on one to play with. There's not much longer to wait with sales beginning October 26. Preorders are open now on the Microsoft web site.