Tech specs: Microsoft Surface tablet

How does the latest iPad rival measure up?

Microsoft today revealed its first major bid to attack Apple's dominance in the tablet market.

Known as Surface, the slate features colour covers that double as keypads, as well as an operating system that can host software packages like Microsoft Office and Photoshop.

Surface comes in two editions, 'light' and 'pro'. The initial specifications of both versions can be found below.

Surface 'Light'

Operating system:Windows RT
Weight: 676g
Width: 9.3mm
Screen: 10.6" Multi-touch HD display
Connections: MicroSD, USB 2.0, MicroHD video 2X2 MIMO antennae
Software: Home Office & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover


Surface 'Pro'

Operating system:Windows 8 Pro
Weight: 903g
Width: 13.5mm
Screen: 10.6" Multi-touch HD display
Connections: MicroSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2X2 MIMO antennae
Software: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block