The engineer then showed us an iPad and a Surface side-by-side and displayed a number of images on them to demonstrate that the Surface screen, while lower-res, can provide better images. When he showed an image of a galaxy on both displays, the higher contrast and better viewing angles on the Surface allowed us to see more stars in the sky. When he showed text, the letters seemed a little crisper on the Surface.
Microsoft chose to go with a 1366 x 768 display, he said, because higher resolution screens eat up more battery life and generate more heat. He pointed out that, because of its new Retina display, Apple had to use a significantly larger and heavier battery on its third generation iPad than on the iPad 2.
Competition is the best thing that could happen to the post-PC world. Surface has the chance to leapfrog Android in the battle with Apple in the tablet space.
We finally have a date and a price for Surface, the latter of which will make it a tougher sell to traditional PC buyers, now all we need is for Microsoft to get it into reviewers’ hands.