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Microsoft UK Shows Off 383-inch Surface Tablet in London

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How big is too big?

Before Microsoft's Surface was a tablet, it was a much bigger touchscreen device. Still, just because the Surface is no longer a tabletop, that doesn't mean it has to stay small. Redmond's latest marketing stunt has seen the company set up a huge Surface tablet in the middle of London, England.

 

The device is sitting in London's Trafalgar Square and measures a whopping 383 inches in size. The Verge reports that the device's keyboard actually feeds back to a Surface Pro 2 nearby, and kids can play a spelling game by stepping on the keys of the giant keyboard. The input is fed back to the Surface Pro 2 and displayed on the giant screen. No word on how long the tablet is going to be there, but we imagine Microsoft will be more than happy to direct folks to the Microsoft Store where they can acquire a more management-sized version.

Microsoft announced the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 in late September. The Surface 2 is a next generation Surface RT (Microsoft just dropped the 'RT' branding) and packs Windows RT (version 8.1) as well as a 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display and support for microSD, USB 3.0, and HD video out. The tablet comes in two variations, 32 GB or 64 GB, and ships with Office 2013 RT and 200 GB of SkyDrive storage (for two years). The Surface Pro 2 comes with a full version of Windows 8.1 Pro, a 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display, support for microSD, USB 3.0, and mini DisplayPort. Both 64 GB and 128 GB capacities are available with 4 GB of RAM. The 256 GB and 512 GB capacities will each have 8 GB of RAM and both come with 200 GB of SkyDrive storage.

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    stevejnb , October 24, 2013 6:05 PM
    Might pick it up when the slash the price... But, does it have an HDMI out?

    Heh, didn't the whole Surface brand start out with massive tabletop computers like, a decade ago?
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    rishiswaz , October 24, 2013 7:00 PM
    The pro and pro 2 have Display Port out (full sized iirc), and with DP you can get a HDMI adapter
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    clonazepam , October 24, 2013 7:25 PM
    I don't know if they have a Windows key... but there'd be that one kid that keeps stepping on it effing up the game lol
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    Nikolai Allen , October 24, 2013 7:28 PM
    So, how much for one this size? XD
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    chicofehr , October 24, 2013 8:14 PM
    flip that up and it would make a great meeting table at the office where we can play angry birds while the boss giving a boring speech.
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    rishiswaz , October 24, 2013 8:37 PM
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    flip that up and it would make a great meeting table at the office where we can play angry birds while the boss giving a boring speech.


    Hard not to notice angry birds on a 10 meter screen during a speech, but more power to you.
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    digiex , October 24, 2013 9:27 PM
    Microsoft UK Shows Off 383-inch Surface Table (Tablet) in London.

    Corrected.
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    rwinches , October 25, 2013 1:09 AM
    Is that a touch screen?
    Just how big is the stylus?
    How big is the battery?
    When will this go on sale?
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    CaedenV , October 25, 2013 4:36 AM
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    flip that up and it would make a great meeting table at the office where we can play angry birds while the boss giving a boring speech.


    Replace the slingshot with rolling chairs, replace birds with interns, and then the bosses can stand in for the pigs :D 
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    back_by_demand , October 25, 2013 5:39 AM
    It's lucky there is a keyboard, because if you wanted to close an App you would need a stepladder
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    wdmfiber , October 25, 2013 6:13 AM
    One look at the thing and I just cringe...
    Windows 8.1
    DIE
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    stevejnb , October 25, 2013 6:18 AM
    Quote:
    One look at the thing and I just cringe...
    Windows 8.1
    DIE


    I'm guessing you'd prefer Windows 7 on a tablet? Seriously, they have Windows 7 tablets out there, and most of them are on discount to get rid of old stock. You should get one and tell us how *awesome* Windows 7 is using your finger.
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    TeraMedia , October 25, 2013 6:35 AM
    A 32' display is pretty cool. So that's, what, roughly 16' high? Life-size Lara Croft...
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    stingstang , October 25, 2013 6:52 AM
    So, not only is this not 383 inches diagonally, it's square inches. Then, it's not a tablet, it's a TV with a touch-screen keyboard.
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    TeraMedia , October 25, 2013 6:58 AM
    @stingstang: Help me out here. 20" x 20" = 400 sq in. This looks a LOT bigger than 20 inches square. At the same time though, it doesn't really look like it's anywhere near 16 feet high... so how big is it really?

    Anyone on here live in London? Is this display really 4.5 - 5m high?
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    nbelote , October 25, 2013 7:28 AM
    Does that huge thing actually work?
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    back_by_demand , October 25, 2013 7:30 AM
    Quote:
    @stingstang: Help me out here. 20" x 20" = 400 sq in. This looks a LOT bigger than 20 inches square. At the same time though, it doesn't really look like it's anywhere near 16 feet high... so how big is it really?

    Anyone on here live in London? Is this display really 4.5 - 5m high?


    Look at the picture, it's pretty big
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    TeraMedia , October 25, 2013 8:07 AM
    @back-by-demand: Thanks. I did. There's a guy in a neon-yellow vest in the lower-right corner. If you extrapolate his height (his legs are hidden behind something blue), then it looks like he's about as tall as 1/2 the height of the display. If we assume him to be 6' tall (a conservative assumption in this case), then the display looks to be only 12' tall. A 16:9 display that is 12' tall would measure sqrt(12^2 + (12*16/9)^2) = 24.5' on the diagonal, which is only ~2/3 of the stated 32'.

    So as I said, it doesn't really look like it's anywhere near 16' high. I didn't want to get all math-intensive on this - just observing something that looked exaggerated. Perhaps the bezel is being included in the 32'.
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    wdmfiber , October 25, 2013 8:14 AM
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    Quote:
    One look at the thing and I just cringe...
    Windows 8.1
    DIE


    I'm guessing you'd prefer Windows 7 on a tablet? Seriously, they have Windows 7 tablets out there, and most of them are on discount to get rid of old stock. You should get one and tell us how *awesome* Windows 7 is using your finger.

    I did the consumer trials. But recently got a new travel PC, although it small; it is a conventional laptop with keyboard and pad(& yes win 7).

    Friends of mine have bought tablets(Android & IOS). They even used them once on a 3 hour flight out to California. Mainly thou(I think) it's the feeling of belonging and friendship with the lines of ppl they see on TV outside the Apple stores. Lol, not sure why though? They don't know any of those ppl and personally I hate lines. But MS may be on to something with this UK promo.
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    stevejnb , October 25, 2013 8:30 AM
    Wdm, you'll notice I said "tablet." We're talking about tablets, not laptops, and not desktops. You cringed when you saw a tablet with Windows 8.1 on it - I'm asking, would you prefer Windows 7 on a Surface Pro to Windows 8 or 8.1?

    Windows 7 is great for laptops and desktops. That's what it was designed for. It is mediocre *at best* on a touch screen tablet format. Tablets aren't for everyone but, if you want a Windows tablet, you'd be *crazy* to want Windows 7 over 8 on it. So, why are you cringing at a Windows 8 variant on a tablet? And again, a new conventional laptop with Windows 7 is dandy - but it's not a tablet, and that's what we're talking about.
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