In pictures: Microsoft unleashes Surface tablets

Home-brand iPad rivals arrive.

By on Jun 19, 2012
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took to the stage today to reveal a Microsoft-branded tablet running Windows 8.
The tablet will come in two varieties, one based on an Intel chipset and the other based on a lower-power ARM chipset. The main device is a 10.6-inch tablet with Corning Gorilla Glass multi-touch screen, 16:9 aspect ratio up to "full HD" or 1080p resolution, according to Microsoft.
The Surface has two magnetic cover accessory options: a capacitive-based Touch Cover that has a full multi-touch keyboard, and the plastice Type Cover, with tactile keys.
Both will run Windows 8 when it is released later this year, but the ARM version is set to run a hobbled version dubbed Windows RT.
The ARM-based Surface is likely to have a slightly less capable, 720p screen.
The ARM-processor equipped Surface for Windows RT will come in 32 and 64GB versions, whereas the Intel variant will feature more storage at 64 and 128GB options.
Both tablets will come in a magnesium-based case with an integrated kickstand at varying thicknesses; the ARM variant measures at 9.3mm compared to the Intel-based tablet at 13.5mm. The Intel model is also much heavier at 903 grams as opposed to the ARM one, which weighs 676 grams.
The name is derived from Microsoft's table-top, multi-user device, the Surface.

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