After the launch of the Surface last week, Microsoft has now marked itself as a creator of tablets, and has released a video that shows some of the deliberation that went into the design of the Windows 8 tablet. One of the biggest selling points in the design of the tablet, as shown by the video, is the kick stand that pops out when you need it and goes back inside when you don’t. The kick stand is fully integrated into the design of the tablet.

Another major point that Microsoft makes in the video is about the screen. The Touch Cover glass and the screen are said to be fused into one piece. Also shown in the video is how the camera of the tablet is said to match the tilt of the screen when it is using the kick stand.

Microsoft claims that the Surface is designed to be the ultimate stage for Windows RT as it is unique and represents value, providing an entertainment experience and a foundation for getting things done. With a starting price of US $499, Surface is available online in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. In China and Hong Kong, Surface is available online at Suning.

A PC in a tablet form factor

Microsoft explains the design choices for the Surface

A range of Surface accessories are also available for purchase and these include Touch Covers in five colours — black, white, magenta, cyan, and red, and are priced at US $119.99. Customers also have the option to purchase a Type Cover in black for US $129.99, which adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.

First unveiled in June, Surface represents an extension of the Windows experience, letting customers work, play and connect with others. It has an ultra-light durable casing, integrated kickstand, Touch Cover, a USB port, a 16:9 widescreen, and a high-definition display with a 22-degree angle. Microsoft claims that Surface lets customers seamlessly make the transition between entertainment and creation.

There is no official word yet on the availability of the Surface in India. However, one can pre-order its 32GB version from eBay. The eBay seller, cart2india2010, has put up the listing as a pre-order. From the looks of it, cart2india2010 has quite a few tablets in stock. The tablet is available through a ‘Buy it Now’ option, and comes with free shipping. The different modes of payment for the tablet and include PaisaPay, Credit Card, EMI, and Debit card. The seller notes that the pre-orders will ship from November 2012, and time extension will be requested for as soon as the order is received. The seller is located in New Jersey, United States, and is selling the 32GB variant at Rs 38,490.

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