A clear stab at the Apple iPad’s magnificent market share, Microsoft had launched its own super skinny touch-friendly tablet computer. Weighing in under 1.5 pounds — hardly more than the new iPad’s 1.44 pounds — the lightweight tablet’s screen extends almost an inch further than that of the iPad. Its 10.6-inch optically-bonded Gorilla Glass HD display is joined by twin 2×2 MIMO antennas for WiFi capabilities and is physically supported by a convenient built-in kickstand. The Surface for Windows RT has a USB 2.0 input and is 9.3 mm thick. Its Pro counterpart comes slightly heavier and wider with a USB 3.0 input. Designed to operate like a fully able PC, this piece may also pose a threat to a certain class of lightweight notebooks. Expect a release later this year.
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