The Microsoft Surface tablet is 9.3mm thin and has a 10.6in, 16:9 widescreen display. There are two versions at launch. The first is running Windows RT, weighs 676 grams and has a choice of 32 GB or 64 GB of storage. A second version runs Windows 8 Pro, weighs 903 grams, can operate with a stylus, and has 64 GB and 128 GB storage options.
The tablet also contains a full-size USB 2.0, microSD slot and two cameras. The price? Well, Microsoft says that "suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC."
The tablet includes an in-built stand.
One of the big selling points is a 3mm pressure-sensitive cover that can be magnetically attached to the Surface tablet. The so-called Touch Cover comes in several colours and offers a multi-touch keyboard.
A second option is the Type Cover – a more enterprise-style 5mm cover that includes a trackpad and tactile keys.