An alternative to Android tablets and iPads surfaces from Microsoft

Microsoft have unveiled their new Windows 8 tablet at an event in Los Angeles, called Surface, due in the next couple of months. The best features of its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system will be showcased in tablet form to take on the market leading iPad and Android tablets. It’s table technology which was previously known as surface has now been renamed PixelSense

There will be two versions with the RT version which will be launched first including 32GB or 64GB of storage , whilst the Pro version adds 64GB or 128GB options. The Pro version should compete against the Macbook Air and Ultrabooks. Connectivity will include a full-size USB 3.0 port on the Pro model (USB 2.0 on the RT), microSD memory card memory card expansion and microHDMI for seamless video output .

The  10.6in screen will have a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) screen protected by Gorilla Glass 2, though the RT version will sport a 1,366 x 768 screen. Using magnesium alloy allows it to be extremely light weighing 576 grams with a slender 9.3mm profile for the RT version, with the Pro weighing in at 862g with a thicker 13.5mm profile. Included are Front and rear HD cameras and a kickstand so they can stand up for activities like watching films on the go.

Also shown was a case with magnetic connectors, similar to the iPad’s smart cover. However, this 3mm cover has multi-touch  ability and includes a two-button touchpad. There’s a slightly thicker 5mm version with a physical keyboard called the Type Cover.

To cover all types of users, Microsoft has even made a stylus for the Pro model which should appeal to professionals like designers

Microsoft will reveal the prices closer to launch, however market analyst expect prices to be in line with the iPad and high end Android tablets.