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Microsoft unveils Surface tablets

  • Microsoft has unveiled Surface, its own-brand of tablets in a bid to challenge Apple bestselling iPad.

    The touchscreen computers will be powered by its upcoming Windows 8 system and contain either an Intel or ARM-based processor.

    The devices have 10.6 inch displays, built-in kickstands and enclosed in magnesium cases, described as the first of their kind by the company.

    The tablets are 0.4 inches thick, slightly less than the iPad.

    The devices are also designed to work with a pen accessory using what has been dubbed as "digital ink".

    The specifications mean the Surface tablets have bigger screens than the iPad but are heavier.

    Microsoft said they will be priced at a similar rate in comparison to other tablets using the same type of processor.