B&H Pulse Weekly News Roundup: June 22nd, 2012


This week in the news: Microsoft presented their brand new tablet to the world; SanDisk's super-speedy MicroSD cards; HP's latest computer is targeted at video editors, and more.

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for June 22nd, 2012.

Microsoft's New Tablet Surfaces

After rumors circulated the web about Microsoft's dropping an iPad competitor sooner or later, this past week Microsoft did just that. Coined, "The Surface," Microsoft's new tablet has been seen by few, but out of the box it seems fairly impressive. It features a case that can also be a keyboard, as well as a kickstand for easier viewing of media like movies, etc. There are two versions of the tablet—one for Windows RT and another for Windows 8 Pro. According to Engadget, this is the spec breakdown:

Surface for Windows RT Tablet
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
  • Weight: 676 grams
  • Thickness: 9.3 millimeters
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD capacitive touchpanel
  • Battery: 31.5Wh
  • I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Software: Windows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
  • Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case and Stand
  • Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
  • Availability: "Around" the Windows 8 launch (Fall 2012)
  • Pricing: To be determined
Surface for Windows 8 Pro Tablet
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
  • Weight: 903 grams
  • Thickness: 13.5 millimeters
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1080p) capacitive touchpanel
  • Battery: 42Wh
  • I/O: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Software: Windows 8 Pro
  • Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case and Stand, Pen with Palm Block
  • Capacity: 64GB / 128GB
  • Availability: "Three months after" the Windows 8 launch this fall
  • Pricing: To be determined

You can read even more over at B&H InDepth.

SanDisk's Latest MicroSD Cards are for Pros

It was only a matter of time before your phone became even more supercharged. SanDisk announced their new Extreme Pro MicroSDHC cards that can clock in at 95 MB/s. So what does that mean for you? Well, most mobile devices these days have high-quality HD video capabilities, as well as the ability to shoot at a super-fast frame rate. Here's a card that can easily keep pace.

The Verge has a bit more on the story.

HP's Latest Tower of Power

Lots of cinematographers out there use the RED for its customization, great price point, and awesome image quality. HP has also seen that many editors have moved from Apple's Final Cut over to Adobe Premiere. To cater to this trend, HP has worked with RED to create a monster of a processing machine for video editors.

According to the Verge, "the 820 Tower will be configurable with two liquid-cooled Xeon processors (offering up to 16 cores), and 32GB of memory. In a forum post announcing the system, RED gives an example build which, we imagine, will be close to the peak spec available. The build has two Intel Xeon E5-2687 3.21GHz octo-core CPUs, 32GB of 1600MHz quad-channel RAM, an Nvidia Quadro 5000 graphics card, a RED Rocket video accelerator, Blu-ray drive, REDMag reader, a 2.5-inch 10K SAS boot drive, and 300GB of storage."

The system will be shown off at the Adobe CS6 Road Show on tour later this month.

The World's Largest LED Television

Gizmodo reported on what they claim to be the world's largest LED television. With one of the most difficult names to remember (the Sharp LC-90LE745U), the 90-inch behemoth features backlighting, a 240 Hz refresh rate, 3D playback, Wi-Fi and smart apps for it. There is no word yet on when it will launch, but sports fans had better start saving their bucks.

Thanks to CNet for the video above.

And that's your news for June 22nd, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about, on B&H Pulse.