New Microsoft Tablets Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Announced


As expected Microsoft held its event where it unveiled the two Surface tablets: Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 yesterday. The two tablets serve the same purpose as last year’s versions though they have bumped up specs now. They are simply upgrades to last year’s Surface RT and Surface Pro.

Surface 2

  • ARM architecture
  • 10.6 inch ClearType Full HD display (1920 X 1080) with better colour accuracy (an uograde from Surface RT’s 1366 X 768 display)
  • Tegra 4 processor (an upgrade from Surface RT’s Tegra 3)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Runs Windows RT 8.1
  • Thinner (8.9mm) and lighter (under 680g) than Surface RT
  • 5 megapixel main camera and 3.5 MP front facing camera
  • 25% more battery life
  • USB 3.0 port
  • Bluetooth 4.0 support
  • Available from October 22nd in select countries
  • Pricing starts at $449

Surface Pro 2

  • x86 architecture
  • Same display as the Surface 2
  • Intel Core i5 Haswell processor clockedat 1.6GHz
  • 4-8 GB RAM depending on which Surface Pro 2 variant you pick
  • 64-512 GB storage
  • Runs Windows 8 Pro
  • Microsoft says that it is faster than 95% of currently available laptop computers
  • Pricing starts at $899 and will vary going up depending on the Surface Pro 2 variant you purchase

Both tablets come bundled with an offer from Microsoft: free Skype calling to landlines in at least 60 countries and access to Skype Wi-Fi for one year. There’s also some free 200 GB worth of storage on SkyDrive with every purchase of the Surface tablets.

Accessories like the Touch Cover 2, Type Cover 2 and the Power Cover are also available for the tablets.