Microsoft's slick new Windows 8 Surface tablet looks great, though pricing remains a question. Get up close with 10 of its most compelling features.
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The iPad and other tablets are targeted primarily at consumers, but Microsoft is casting a wider net. While the Windows RT-based consumer model uses an ARM processor, the powerful Surface for Windows 8 Professional is designed for power users and enterprises. Featuring a 3rd-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, the Pro model runs Windows desktop apps, has full HD (1080p) graphics, supports digital ink for pen input, and even has a nifty magnetic-charging connector for a stylus.
Price? Microsoft says Surface Pro will be competitive with high-end Ultrabooks, which suggests it'll cost somewhere north of $1,000. During his presentation at the Surface event, Microsoft corporate VP Michael Angiulo kept referring to the Pro model as a "PC" rather than a tablet. Given its features, that's an apt description.
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