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From big to small: Options for new tablets


Consumers looking to buy a new tablet computer will have a wide range of display options. Here's a look at how the screens stack up. All measurements reflect the diagonal length of the screens:

— 10.6 inches: Microsoft's Surface, running its Windows system. That's the size for both the full-powered version, which runs standard Windows applications, and the lighter Windows RT version, which runs only apps designed for tablets. The RT version starts at $499 and comes out Friday. Microsoft hasn't disclosed price and availability of the heavier one.

— 9.7 inches: The full-sized iPad, from the original model on. Starts at $399 for the 2011 model. New model out Nov. 2, starting at $499.

— 9 inches: Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook HD+, coming out Nov. 1, starting at $269.

— 8.9 inches: Larger version of Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire HD. It will be out Nov. 20, starting at $299.

— 7.9 inches: iPad Mini. Starts at $329. Out Nov. 2.

— 7 inches: Smaller versions of Kindle Fire HD and Nook HD, both starting at $199. Non-HD version of Kindle Fire available for $159. Google Inc.'s Nexus 7 also starts at $199.


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