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Microsoft Surface

OS: Windows 8

List: $499 to $849
Network: Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G

Scheduled to begin shipping in October, Microsoft Surface for Windows RT is an ARM-based tablet with a wafer-thin keyboard that attaches magnetically and an integrated kick stand to prop up the display like a laptop. According to the reported specs, the high-end device will be a worthy competitor to iPad.

The first computer to brandish the Microsoft name will be equipped with an Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-chip, which incorporates four 1.4-GHz Cortex A9 cores plus a fifth low-power core that can perform all functions during device standby. The Tegra 3 includes a GeForce GPU and supports a maximum resolution of 2,560-by-1,600 pixels. Surface tablets will include a 10.6-inch HD display and will weigh 1.49 pounds and be 0.36 inches (9.3 mm) thick with the keyboard.

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