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News Summary: Microsoft unveils 'Surface' tablet

Monday - 6/18/2012, 11:07pm  ET

By The Associated Press

(AP) - MICROSOFT TABLET: Taking aim at Apple's iPad, Microsoft Corp. unveiled Surface, a tablet computer that comes with a detachable rubberized touch keyboard that also acts like a book cover.

SPEC SHEET: Surface will have a 10.6-inch screen measured diagonally, and come in the widescreen-adapted 16:9 aspect ratio. It's 9.3 millimeters thick and weighs less than 1.5 pounds.

AVAILABILITY, PRICING: Microsoft is linking the Surface's debut to the release of its much-anticipated Windows 8 operating system, due out in September or October. The version that runs on its tablet operating system, Windows RT, will be priced similarly to the iPad.


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