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After days of speculation and rumors, Microsoft's major announcement has just been unveiled at a press event in Los Angeles: a Surface tablet.
There will be two options for Microsoft's 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
We have now the pictures and the presentation video together with both tablets specifications.
The Microsoft Surface tablet specs
Microsoft just announced its own tablet, named Surface, which blurs the line between tablets and ultra-books. Microsoft's Intel-based Surface tablet will run Windows 8 Pro, with a thickness of 13.5mm, a weight of 1.9lbs, and USB 3.0 support. One Windows RT tablet runs an NVIDIA-made ARM processor and the other Windows 8 Pro tablet runs Intel's Ivy Bridge Core i5 chips
The Microsoft Surface tablet pictures
The newly unveiled Surface site doesn't say which model is shown in those pictures. In any case, the Windows RT version will be available in 32GB and 64GB, and the Windows 8 Pro device will be available in 64GB and 128GB. Each have front- and rear-facing cameras, and 2x2 MIMO WiFi antennas.
Surface tablets have 16:9 aspect ration, and edges that are angled at 22 degrees, "a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use," Microsoft says. The casing uses "VaporMg" technology, "a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch
The Microsoft Surface tablet Video presentation
Sources: TheVerge, GSMarena, Official surface By Microsoft, ARStechnica