Microsoft unveils slick new Surface tablet

Microsoft has unveiled a slick new tablet called Surface that is likely to challenge Apple’s all-conquering iPad for attention.

With demand for tablets at an all time high, Microsoft’s offering has taken the design of the product to an all-new level.

Surface is just 9.3mm thick and has a 10.6-inch 16:9 widescreen ClearType high definition display.

There is also a kickstand that pops out of the back panel so Surface can rest at a comfortable viewing angle.

It also comes with a 3mm thick pressure sensitive cover, available in five colours, that attaches magnetically to the device and doubles up as a full keyboard and trackpad.

With the addition of the keyboard it allows the device to be used productively like they would a laptop or lightweight ultrabook.

The device also has a USB port, microSD card slot and a MiniDisplay port and it will be configurable with up to 128GB of memory.

Also on board are two cameras – a front camera for Skype video chats and a rear camera which can be utilised for meetings.

Microsoft says there will be two versions of the Surface device – one running Windows RT in two to three months with another running Windows 8 due for release three months later.

The company has indicated Surface will be priced to compete with the iPad so should start at around $500.

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