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Microsoft has introduced its own line of tablet computers, marking a major strategic move for the software giant. The tablet line, dubbed Surface, includes a device in direct competition with the Apple iPad. Will this be the end of Apple’s reign over the tablet market?

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MICROSOFT SURFACE
The touchscreen device will be available in two distinct versions — one running Windows RT, the other with Windows 8 Pro.

Connectivity
• USB 2.0 • USB 3.0 (Pro version) • MicroSD • Mini DisplayPort (Pro version) • Micro HDMI • MIMO antennae for WiFi and cellular communication

Global tablet OS marketshare, Q4 2010 Display
10.6-inch HD touchscreen with 16:9 aspect ratio. Pro version has full (1080p) HD.

Kickstand

2.8%

Other

Folds out for hands-free viewing.

Magnetic cover

COMPARISON

Rear camera angled at 22 degrees so it stays level when stand is deployed.

Rear camera
OS

Snaps on, doubles as keyboard and trackpad. 3mm-thick cover uses touch-sensitive keys. Optional 5mm-thick version has raised keys. Device also supports pen input.

29.0%

Android

68.2%
BATTERY
31.5 Watt-hours 42 Watt-hours 42.5 Watt-hours N/A

Apple

MODEL

DISPLAY
10.6-inch HD 10.6-inch full HD 9.7-inch 9.7-inch

PROCESSOR
Nvidia Tegra 3 ARM Intel Core i5 Apple A5X Apple A5

WEIGHT
676g 903g 652-662g 601-613g

THICKNESS
9.3mm 13.5mm 9.4mm 8.8mm

STORAGE
32G/64G 64G/128G 16G/32G/64G 16G/32G/64G

PRICE
N/A N/A From $519 From $419

Surface RT Surface Pro new iPad iPad 2
Sources: Graphic News; Microsoft; Apple; Hexus

Windows 8 RT Windows 8 Pro iOS 5 iOS 4.3

SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY TARA CORRAN/QMI AGENCY

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