In pictures: Microsoft Surface -- 'A PC, a tablet and new'

Microsoft's new Surface tablet has a 10.6-in. screen, up to a Core i5 processor and has a thin, 3mm (.11 inches) thick touch-based keyboard. It comes in two versions: The Windows RT and the Windows 8 Pro. "We're very proud of Surface just like we're very proud of Windows 8. The Surface is a PC, a tablet and new," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

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The Touch cover

The Microsoft Surface tablet features a new Touch cover built from seven layers and can measure touches 10 times faster than other touch keypads.

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The Touch cover

The Touch cover measures a slim 3mm, or .11 inches.

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Two versions

The Surface comes in two versions: Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro, which Microsoft calls a full PC. Both come with the shown VaporMg stand.

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'Type' cover

A fuller 'Type' Cover is also available. The pressure-sensitive cover doubles as a keyboard.

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Touch cover

The Touch cover comes in a variety of colors.