updated 07:44 pm EDT, Mon June 18, 2012
Tablet aimed at iPad with 9.8mm thickness, Gorilla Glass
Confirming a number of rumors, Microsoft has unveiled a series of self-branded tablets, referred to as "Surface," at a special event in Los Angeles. The ARM-based Windows RT variant appear to be aimed directly at the iPad, sporting a 10.6-inch display and a 9.3mm-thick magnesium chassis that helps keep the weight down to just 1.5 pounds. The company also offers a Windows 8 Pro edition, though the Intel internals push the thickness past 13mm.
The display appears to offer a wider aspect ratio compared to the iPad, while optical bonding between the display panel and the outer layer of Gorilla Glass is claimed to bring improvements to readability. The company chose to embrace 1920x1080 full HD resolution for the Intel model, rather than opting for the higher pixel density of Apple's Retina iPad, while the ARM-based counterpart steps down to 1280x720 resolution.
The particular model used for demonstrations at the media event is outfitted with an Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU. The company has yet to fully detail which ARM-based chip is used in the thinner tablet.
Microsoft has yet to announce pricing or launch details for the Surface family.