No pricing or UK availability yet for Windows 8 challenger to the iPad
The Microsoft Surface tablet will launch on 24 October - the same day as the Windows 8 operating system for desktop PCs and laptops.
Pricing for the Microsoft Surface has yet to be confirmed, along with confirmation of whether the tablet will be available in the UK.
The tablet runs a version of the new multi-device operating system called Winodws RT, which is designed to work better and consume less power, making it more suitable for low-powered tablets
The Surface will have a 10.6in screen, an ARM processor like those used in rival tablets such as the Asus Nexus 7 and the iPad 3, and it will weigh around 680g. It will come with either 32GB or 64GB of storage, a microSD memory card slot and a USB2 port.
Optional accessories include screen covers that also double as keyboards – one of the most innovative features of the new tablet.
A separate and more powerful version, the Surface Pro will arrive early next year with an Intel processor capable of running current Windows programs, unlike the ARM-based Surface.
It will be thicker and heavier at around 900g, but it will also have a microSDXC memory card slot as well as USB3 and Mini Displayport connectors. Pricing and UK availability for the Surface Pro have also not yet been announced.
American buyers will be able to purchase the Surface online and through a small chain of Microsoft-brand stores.
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