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Microsoft announces new Surface tablet

Ultra-thin keyboard built into cover.

Microsoft has unveiled a new tablet device called Surface.

The device features an ultra thin keyboard built into its screen cover, a kickstand incorporated into its body and HD front and rear-facing video cameras.

"Conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft employees," according to the announcement blurb, there's also a full USB port and a 10.6 inch screen.

It'll be available in a Windows RT and a Windows 8 Pro model. The former will be available day and date with the launch of windows 8, while the latter will follow about 90 days later.

A releases outside of the US has not yet been confirmed.

There's no price tag yet, but expect it to be "competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC".

Here's a full list of specs:

Windows RT model

  • OS: Windows RT
  • Light(1): 676 g
  • Thin(2): 9.3 mm
  • Clear: 10.6" ClearType HD display
  • Energized: 31.5 W-h
  • Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Office '15' Apps, touch cover, type cover
  • Practical: VaporMg case & stand
  • Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB

Windows 8 Pro model

  • OS: Windows 8 Pro
  • Light(1): 903 g
  • Thin(2): 13.5 mm
  • Clear: 10.6" ClearType full HD display
  • Energized: 42 W-h
  • Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
  • Productive: Touch cover, type Cover, pen with palm block
  • Practical: VaporMg case & stand
  • Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB

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