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Flavor of the Week: Microsoft Surface

6/25/2012 12:01 AM Eastern

THE HYPE: If imitation is the sincerest
form of flattery, Microsoft has just
given huge kudos to Apple: The
software giant last week unveiled
its sleek Surface Windowsbased
tablets, aimed at
challenging the categorydefining iPad. The tablets
include a keyboard attachment and a built-in kickstand.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Surface tablets feature 10.6-inch full
HD displays, with a 16:9 aspect ratio — meaning they’re
well-suited to be second screens for watching TV and
video. Movies, music, games and apps for the devices
will be available through the Windows Store, Microsoft’s
digital storefront for Windows 8-based apps and
content. The tablets include Wi-Fi, but not 3G or
4G wireless connectivity.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY: Microsoft said a
1.5-pound model that uses an ARM processor will
be released with the general availability of Windows
8 (slated for this fall), priced comparably to other
tablets on the market. A two-pound Windows 8
Pro tablet with an Intel Core chip is to be available
about 90 days
later, priced in the
same range as an
ultraportable
notebook.

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