Microsoft has uncovered its latest piece of hardware, a tablet called Microsoft Surface.

Surface runs on Windows 8, is 9.3mm thick, and weighs 576g. It has a built-in kickstand so it can be propped up if required.

There will be two options for consumers. Surface for Windows RT will come in 32GB and 64GB models. Surface Pro will have 64GB and 128GB models.

The Pro version of the tablet contains a third-generation Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor. The RT uses an nVidia ARM core.

The Gorilla Glass display has a resolution of 1920×1080 and supports digital ink.

Surface also has front and rear cameras, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports, two Wi-Fi antennas, and will give the user access to the Windows 8 Xbox apps.

Its full magnesium body features magnetic connectors for an official cover which comes with a built-in multi-touch keyboard, track pad and Windows shortcut keys. The covers come in a variety of colours.

With its tight Smart Glass integration the device will no doubt be marketed to gamers, although said app is designed to work on any brand of tablet or smartphone.

Prices and a roll-out date are still to come.