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LOS ANGELES--Microsoft debuted a new tablet today, or rather a tablet family based on its upcoming Windows 8 operating system. We get a behind-the-scenes tour at some of the tech that went into making the device, which arrives later this year.
On the Surface's side there's a Windows logo and a seam that goes across its full width. What's the seam for? Keep on clicking.
The Surface will come in two versions: one is powered by Windows RT and the other running on Windows 8 Pro.
The Surface has 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display (or a "Full HD" on the Pro model) with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution.
The Surface is just 9.3mm thick and weighs 676 grams/23.85 ounces.
The Surface has a USB 2.0 port on one side.
The Surface also include a nifty stand; that's the seam you saw earlier. It's a convenient option when watching movies.
You also can use the stand when typing on the keyboard using the innovative cover.
Here's another shot of how the stand flips down from the rear side.
Indeed, one feature that's particularly intriguing is the magnetically attached, 3mm-thich Touch Cover that folds down and functions as a full touch-screen keyboard. They come in a choice of colors.
No matter which color you choose, the Surface is pretty eye-catching.
The cover will flip down to expose the keyboard.
The thicker 5-mm Type Cover has a built-in trackpad. The keyboards power down when they're folded back against the tablet, thanks to a built-in accelerometer.
Press conference attendees were eager to try the keyboards.
Inside the keyboard is a thin mat with the contact points for the keys.
Here you can see the Surface's frame.
A close-up look at the side of the frame shows the holes for the various ports.
Microsoft also showed us the Surface's rear cover.