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Microsoft sells out of Surface RT tablets (for real?) – here are the specs

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Microsoft Surface RT TabletThis seems to be the new corporate way of proclaiming that their devices are so popular that they can’t keep them in stock. We do not know how many pre-launch Surface RT units were available but we do know that Microsoft has run through all of their pre-launch supplies and are now directing customers to their temporary holiday “pop-up” stores located around the country.

The Surface RT tablet features a 10.6 inch LCD screen with 16:9 aspect ratio, quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1366 x 768 resolution, 2GB RAM, USB 2.0, microSDXC, HD video out, 2 MP 720p front camera, 5 MP 720p rear camera, stereo speakers, support for 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, full-size USB connectivity, all with 8 hours of battery life. It comes with 32 GB ($499 w/o cover or $599 with cover) or 64 GB ($699 with cover) storage capacities.

There are two distinct versions of the Surface tablet – one running Windows 8 Pro and the other running Windows RT (which will only run Metro apps). The Windows 8 Pro unit, which will be released later, will have a higher 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution, can run all Windows 8 applications, and will allow digital inking with a stylus.

According to some reports, Microsoft had placed orders to produce 3-5 million tablets during the fourth quarter.