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Microsoft unveils Surface tablet to rival iPad

Last updated on: June 19, 2012 12:31 IST

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Microsoft has launched its own tablet called Microsoft Surface in an attempt to overtake competitor and partner Apple, and rival Google.

The company unveiled two editions - Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro - in Los Angeles, California, on Monday night.

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Image: A view of the Microsoft's headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris.
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Surface is thin, light and it has a great battery. At 9.3mm, Surface for Windows RT is just thin enough to still sport a full sized USB port. Print, share, or charge your phone on the go.

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Image: Microsoft's Corporate Vice-President of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem, Michael Angiulo, holds the Surface tablet computer and keyboard during his presentation as it is unveiled in Los Angeles, California.
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Surface has a 10.6", 16:9 widescreen HD Display. Microsoft's ClearType HD Display technology delivers a great picture for movies.

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Image: Microsoft representatives hold the Surface tablet computer as it is unveiled in Los Angeles.
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An ultra-wide viewing angle makes it easy for your friends to share in the vibrant experience.

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The auto-adjusting screen intensity delivers great visual clarity, indoors and out.

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Image: President of the the Windows and Windows Live Division, Steven Sinofsky, holds the Surface tablet computer during his presentation as it is unveiled in Los Angeles, California.
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The addition of the Micro SD card slot means you can bring your entire movie and music collection with you on vacation.

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Some activities call for a keyboard. Surface comes with an integrated Kickstand and a revolutionary, 3mm thin, pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a fully functioning keyboard and trackpad.

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Your Touch Cover connects to your Surface with a single magnetic click.

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Image: A Microsoft representative scrolls the screen of the Surface tablet computer in Los Angeles, California.
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Now you can chat with friends and respond to emails comfortably.

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Surface has not just one, but two cameras. Use the front LifeCam to chat with the people that you care about.

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Image: Members of the media get a quick look at the Surface tablet computer in Los Angeles, California.
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The rear-facing LifeCam is angled to 22 degrees so you can flip out the Kickstand and record meetings and events hands-free.

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Image: Microsoft representatives show the chassis of the Surface tablet computer to members of the media in Los Angeles.
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Stereo speakers and dual microphones tuned for Skype help you sound like you are right next door.

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Surface was designed to be your go-to-device. It comes with a precision crafted VaporMg casing that protects the vital technology inside and leaves a high quality finish and feel.

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Touch Cover comes in five vibrant colours. Type Cover offers classic typing experience for those who prefer a more traditional keyboard.

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Pick the one that best meets your needs and represents your sense of style.

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Image: President of the Windows and Windows Live Division Steven Sinofsky, left; Corporate Vice-President of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem, Michael Angiulo; and GM of Microsoft Surface Panos Panay, right, hold the Surface tablet as it is unveiled in Los Angeles, California.
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The Surface tablets feature 10.6-inch touch-screens wrapped in a magnesium case that Microsoft calls VaporMg.

The distinctive feature of the tablets is a magnetically-attached, 3mm-thich Touch Cover that folds down and functions as a full touchscreen keyboard.

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Image: President of the Windows and Windows Live Division Steven Sinofsky, left; Corporate Vice-President of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem, Michael Angiulo; and GM of Microsoft Surface Panos Panay, right, hold the Surface tablet as it is unveiled in Los Angeles, California.
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Surface RT tablet key specs:

i) Windows RT operating system

ii) Nvidia ARM CPU

iii) 9.3mm thick

iv) 676 grams/23.85 ounces

v) 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display

vi) 31.5 watt hour battery

vii) Ports: microSD, USB 2.0, micro HD video, 2x2 MIMO antennae

viii) Storage options: 32GB and 64GB for Windows RT

ix) Front and rear-facing HD cameras.

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Image: Microsoft representative hands the Surface tablet to a member of the press in Los Angeles, California.
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Surface Pro tablet key specs:

i) Windows 8 operating system

ii) Intel third-generation Core i CPU

iii) 13.5mm thick

iv) 903 grams/31.85 ounces

v) 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD Display

vi) 42 watt hour battery

vii) Ports: microSDXC, USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort video

viii) Storage options: 64GB and 128GB

ix) Front and rear-facing HD cameras


Image: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer holds the Surface tablet in Los Angeles, California.
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