Microsoft Surface (c) Microsoft 2012While the iPhone has its rivals in the form of the Blackberry and HTC, Apple’s iPad tablet has gone relatively unchallenged since it hit the market in the spring of 2010. But, that all looks set to change with the imminent arrival of the Surface – Microsoft’s very own rival to the iPad.

Revealed to the world at a showcase in Hollywood, there will be two versions of the Surface, the lighter version running the Windows RT operating system, while the heavier version will run Windows 8 Pro.

Both renditions of the surface will come equipped with a 10.6″ ClearTypeHD Display – a screen that is wide enough for your friends to enjoy whatever you’re watching, too, according to Microsoft. And there’s also the presence Micro SD card, which means you can take all your films and music with you when you’re out and about.

A major selling point is the 3mm thin pressure sensitive cover that also functions as a keyboard. Should you require a keyboard, you can connect this to the Surface “with a single magnetic click”. It looks and sounds hassle free, and we like that.

Music, film and games will be available via the Windows Store, and “fast, fluid” Windows 8 apps will significantly enhance the user experience.

And though the interface resembles that of other tablets currently on the market, the choice of five colours for the cover should ensure your Surface looks distinct from other people’s. No one’s going to miss you with the pink cover, that’s for certain.

See more pictures of the Microsoft Surface below:

Microsoft Surface (c) Microsoft 2012

Microsoft Surface (c) Microsoft 2012

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