Just over two years after Apple created the tablet market with the first iPad, Microsoft has announced its competing product, dubbed the Microsoft Surface.
Running on both Windows 8 Pro (intel) and Windows RT (ARM), the Surface boasts an integrated ‘kickstand’ so it can be left upright, as well as a 3mm Touch Cover that connects to the device magnetically but that also recognises keystrokes.
The Windows RT Surface will weigh 676 grams and be 9.3mm thick, while the Windows 8 Pro device will weigh 903 grams and be 13.5 mm thick. As for memory, the Windows RT model will offer 32GB and 64GB configurations, while the Windows 8 Pro will offer 64GB and 128GB.
The Gorilla Glass screen measures 10.6 inches diagonally. The device also has two cameras, the rear-facing camera angled at 22 degrees to counter the angle of the device when resting on the kickstand.
No release dates or prices are available as yet; Microsoft is only saying that the Surface for Windows RT will be released with Windows 8, and the Windows 8 Pro version will be available around 90 days later.
Check out the Surface launch videobelow, and more pics below that.
Update: You can download a Surface spec sheet here.