Microsoft Announces Windows 8 Powered 10.6-inch Tablet ‘Surface’ [video]

At a press conference yesterday, Microsoft has announced their very own tablet, running Windows 8 called ‘Surface’. There are 2 variants of this Microsoft Surface PC; one powered by Intel’s 22nm Ivy Bridge chips running Windows 8, and another Surface powered by an ARM chipset and Windows RT.

The Windows RT version is 9.3mm thin and weighs at 1.5lbs. There’s a built-in kickstand and its the first PC with a magnesium case. It will ship in 32GB or 64GB versions, with a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display.

The Intel-based Surface tablet variant will run Windows 8 Pro, with a thickness of 13.5mm and weighs 1.9lbs complete with USB 3.0 support. This version also includes the magnesium casing and a built-in kickstand and ships with either 64GB or 128GB storage.

Note that the Intel-based version comes with digital ink support with a pen that magnetizes to the body of the tablet. The screen will be 10.6-inch ClearType “Full HD”.

Both of Microsoft’s Surface tablets feature optional Touch and Type keyboard covers.

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