Microsoft’s all-new Surface tablet aims to give Apple’s iPad some competition this winter. At 9.3mm thick and weighing under 1.5-pounds, this Windows 8-powered device boasts an Intel Core i5 processor (Pro model) and NVIDIA Tegra 3 graphics. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

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In a possible nod to the device’s chief rival, it will apparently be 0.1mm thinner than the latest iPad. A slightly thicker version – still less than 14mm thick and under two pounds – will work on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 Pro operating system.

Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft’s Windows division, called the device a ‘tablet that’s a great PC – a PC that’s a great tablet.’They will be available when Windows 8 ships later this year, according to a Microsoft statement.

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