Since Microsoft’s mysterious announcement of a relatively impromptu press conference, initially without a location, everyone’s been guessing as to what this big production could possible be about. The most common theory seemed to be a tablet announcement, and that’s exactly right. Microsoft has announced its new “Surface” tablet, an iPad competitor with unique features like a keyboard, digital ink input, and even a built-in stand.
Naturally, Microsoft has some grand things to say about what this tablet is, what purpose it will hold, and what niche it will fill, but the features speak from themselves.
- 9.3 mm thick
- Full-sized USB 2.0 port
- Edges beveled at 22 degrees for maximum comfort, or something
- A magnesium case
- 1.5 pounds
- 10.6 inch display
- Built-in stand
- Magnetic cover with a full multitouch keyboard and multitouch trackpad
- Loaded with Microsoft Office
- Models for Windows RT and full Windows 8
- Pen input with digital ink, sampled at 600 dpi
- An option of the “Type Cover” which has a real click-y keyboard
(h/t The Verge)