Following Apple’s big iPad announcement earlier this week, Microsoft clearly decided going big was the only option if it wanted to grab some of the spotlight back for its own line of Surface tablets. To that end, the company set up a gigantic 383-inch Surface in London’s popular Trafalgar Square today, turning its Windows 8.1 device into a tourist attraction.
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The giant Surface—we’re not sure if it’s supposed to be a Surface 2 or a Surface Pro 2—is also connected to an oversized purple Type Cover 2 specially designed to include space in between each key so tourists can walk between them, jumping on individual letters to type. Behind the scenes, The Verge reports the entire set-up was powered by a single Surface Pro 2, enabling instant feedback from massive keyboard to the attached display.
The actual Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets—which Microsoft unveiled last month and began shipping earlier this week—both feature 10.6-inch 1080p displays. The Pro 2 runs full Windows 8.1 and comes equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor starting at $899, while the cheaper model ships running Microsoft’s scaled back Windows 8.1 RT software, packs a 1.7GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and starts at $449.