Microsoft announces Surface tablet computer

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Microsoft is releasing its own tablet device, set to go head to head with Apple's iPad

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Microsoft held an intimate gathering for the press this evening in Los Angeles to announce its latest hardware venture, the Surface tablet, an official Microsoft branded product designed from the ground up for Windows 8. Surface features a 10.6" ClearType Full HD display, as well as full sized USB ports and HDMI output. Microsoft also showed off the Type Cover, a screen protector that features a full laptop style keyboard and track pad, expected to launch alongside Surface.

Microsoft has announced two Surface models so far, one for Windows RT, the other for Windows 8 Pro.


Windows RT

  • ARM Chipset
  • Weight: 676 g (23.8 oz)
  • Thickness: 9.3 mm (0.36 in)
  • Battery: 31.5 Wh
  • Connections: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2X Wifi Antennae
  • Included in purchase: Office Home & Student, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Case details: VaporMg case and stand
  • Memory: 32 GB, 64 GB

Windows 8 Pro

  • Intel 22 nm Ivy Bridge chipset
  • Weight: 903 g (31.8 oz)
  • Thickness: 13.5 mm (0.53 in)
  • Battery: 42 Wh
  • Connections: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Micro DisplayPort, 2X Wifi Antennae
  • Included in purchase: Pen with Palm Block, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • Case details: VaporMg case and stand
  • Memory: 64 GB, 128 GB

Microsoft has yet to include pricing or a launch window but here's a brief video showing off its new unit.

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