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Microsoft’s mystery event turned out to be the announcement for Microsoft Surface, a pair of Windows 8 tablets made by the company and scheduled to launch later this year.

Microsoft is recycling the Surface name–previously used for the company’s large touch screen setups–for two tablets with 10.6-inch touch screens. Both tablets are encased in magnesium, and have built-in stands that unfold from the back side of the device. A separate screen cover includes a full multi-touch keyboard and trackpad on its underside, essentially turning the tablet into a laptop.

(MORE: My First 23 Questions About Microsoft’s ‘Surface’ Windows 8 Tablet) 

The main difference between the two Surface tablets is the type of processor and corresponding version of Windows that each one uses. One tablet uses an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and comes with Windows 8 Pro, which allows it to run legacy Windows programs and Metro-style apps…

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