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Microsoft Unveils The ‘Surface’ Tablet – To Rival iPad

The long wait from Microsoft loyalists is now over!

The Surface tablets feature 10.6-inch touch-screens wrapped in a magnesium case that Microsoft calls VaporMg. The distinctive feature of the new tablets is a magnetically-attached, 3mm-thick Touch Cover that folds down and functions as a full touchscreen keyboard.

Another cover option, the 5-mm thick Type Cover, has a built-in track pad. The keyboards power down when they’re folded back against the tablet thanks to a built-in accelerometer.

The Surface tablets will be available in two distinct versions. The Windows RT version — which is effectively the “light” version of Windows 8 — will launch with Windows 8 in the fall, and run on an ARM CPU. While it won’t have the full desktop version of Windows 8 (it runs only the “Metro” apps available through the Windows app store), it will include a version of Microsoft Office at no additional charge.

Surface RT tablet key specs


  • Windows RT operating system
  • Nvidia ARM CPU
  • 9.3mm thick
  • 676 grams/23.85 ounces
  • 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display
  • 31.5 watt hour battery
  • Ports: microSD, USB 2.0, micro HD video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Storage options: 32GB and 64GB for Windows RT
  • Front and rear-facing “HD” cameras

Surface Pro tablet key specs

  • Windows 8 operating system
  • Intel third-generation Core i CPU
  • 13.5mm thick
  • 903 grams/31.85 ounces
  • 10.6-inch ClearType “Full HD” Display
  • 42 watt hour battery
  • Ports: microSDXC, USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort video
  • Storage options: 64GB and 128GB
  • Front and rear-facing “HD” cameras

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