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Microsoft unveils slick new Surface tablet

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surraceMicrosoft 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.

The slick Microsoft Surface tablet will available in the coming months

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.

The Microsoft Surface is just 9.3mm thick and had a 3mm cover that also doubles as a keyboard

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

Microsoft's Surface also has a kick stand for comfortable viewing

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.

Microsoft's Surface will have five different coloured covers which doubles as a keyboard

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