Surface, which was designed and developed in-house at Microsoft, boasts new developments including a casing made using Microsoft’s VaporMg materials process, and a ‘Touch Cover’.
VaporMg, says Microsoft, is a process to mold metal and deposit particles to create a finish ‘akin to a luxury watch’. This VaporMg process has also been used to create a built-in kickstand, that supports the Surface tablet.
The Surface also features the 3mm ‘Touch Cover’. This connects to the Surface with a built-in magnetic connector and acts as a protective cover. The cover also allows users to type and, says Microsoft, uses pressure-sensitive technology to sense keystrokes as gestures, letting the user type faster than with an on-screen keyboard.
Two models of Surface will be available, one using Microsoft’s recently developed Windows 8 operating system and the other using Windows RT.
The Windows 8 model weighs 676g and is 9.3mm wide, while the Windows 8 model is 903g and 13.5mm. Both have 10.6-inch-wide screens.
Microsoft has not yet announced how much the Surface will cost when it launches later this year.