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    The tablet wars are no longer a two-horse race between Apple and Google.

    At a press event in Los Angeles today, Microsoft today unveiled Surface, a line of tablet devices running the company's next-generation Windows operating system.

    The Surface tablets feature 10.6-inch touch-screens wrapped in a magnesium case that Microsoft calls VaporMg (pronounced "Vapor mag"). The distinctive feature of the new tablets is a magnetically-attached, 3mm-thich Touch Cover that folds down and functions as a full touchscreen keyboard.

    Another cover option, the 5-mm thick Type Cover, has a built-in track pad. The keyboards power down when they're folded back against the tablet thanks to a built-in accelerometer.

    The Surface tablets will be available in two distinct versions. The Windows RT version -- which is effectively the "light" version of Windows 8 -- will launch with Windows 8 in the fall, and run on an ARM CPU. While it won't have the full desktop version of Windows 8 (it runs only the "Metro" apps available through the Windows app store), it will include a version of Microsoft Office at no additional charge.

    Surface RT tablet key specs

    • Windows RT operating system
    • Nvidia ARM CPU
    • 9.3mm thick
    • 676 grams/23.85 ounces
    • 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display
    • 31.5 watt hour battery
    • Ports: microSD, USB 2.0, micro HD video, 2x2 MIMO antennae
    • Storage options: 32GB and 64GB for Windows RT
    • Front and rear-facing "HD" cameras

    Approximately 90 days later, a "Surface Pro" version of the tablet will follow. The Pro will offer the full Windows 8 OS running on an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU (the same chips found in ultrabooks and other laptops). In addition to the beefier CPU and operating system, the Pro will be slightly thicker, offer a more robust battery, boast better peripheral support (USB 3.0 versus 2.0, DisplayPort, and SDXD expansion slot), and twice the storage capacity as the RT version. Expect it to cost more, of course.

    Surface Pro tablet key specs

    • Windows 8 operating system
    • Intel third-generation Core i CPU
    • 13.5mm thick
    • 903 grams/31.85 ounces
    • 10.6-inch ClearType "Full HD" Display
    • 42 watt hour battery
    • Ports: microSDXC, USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort video
    • Storage options: 64GB and 128GB
    • Front and rear-facing "HD" cameras

    The 10.6-inch touch screen will give the Surface a bigger display than the 10.1-inch Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Microsoft has not announced the specifics of the display resolution yet, but it did confirm a 16:9 aspect ratio.

    The "Full HD display" Microsoft mentions in its spec sheet for the Windows Pro version suggests a 1,920x1,080 pixel resolution. That might also imply a 1,280x720 display (aka 720p) on the vanilla "HD" Windows RT Surface tablet.

    For the CPUs, the Surface with Windows RT will use an Nvidia ARM CPU, which most likely means a quad core Tegra 3 chip, like you'll find in the Asus Transformer Pro TF300. On the Windows 8 Pro Surface, Microsoft confirm a full-fledged third generation "Ivy Bridge" Core i5 quad core chip like the chips in current Windows laptops.

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    nice tablet

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