Microsoft Announces Surface 2 & Surface Pro 2, launching 22nd October

Microsoft Announces Surface 2 & Surface Pro 2, launching 22nd October

Surface 2

Microsoft successors to the 2013 Surface RT and Surface Pro are finally here, and boy are there some nice improvements. Though the Surface RT sold incredibly poorly that a $900 million write-off was required on the products, Microsoft have once again put their faith in the Surface RT by creating the Surface 2 with many upgrades.

Let’s take a look at the specs below:

  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 Processor (1.7 Ghz quad-core processor)
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Thickness: Unknown
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1920 x 1080) capactive touchpan
  • Battery: Up to 10 Hours Battery life
  • I/O: microSD, USB 3.0, Micro HD Video, Bluetooth 4.0, Dolby Digital Sound Speakers
  • Software: Windows 8.1 RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT + 200GB Skydrive
  • Capacity: 32GB / 64GB
  • Camera: 3.5 megapixel Front Facing Camera, 5 megapixel rear camera
  • Availability: October 21, 2013
  • Pricing: $449 in the USA

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Microsoft claimed to have boosted the Surface 2 in the speed department by 60%, meaning that one would hope means no lag whatsoever (something that was very prevalent on the Surface RT). Gone is that 720p screen, replaced by a fully fledged 1080p screen, and battery life has increased to 10 hours (from 7 hours). The Front facing camera and rear cameras have also increased in resolution, and one would hope quality as well.

As well as that, Microsoft has added in a new 2 tier kickstand which should let you position the Surface however you feel most comfortable. And in case you were worried about sound, Dolby Digital has been added to increase the quality of the speakers as well as what you listen to with your headphones. A Full sized USB 3.0 port is also on hand.

Coming in Black, as well as Silver now, expect it to cost with the 32GB Surface 2 costing $449, and a 64GB model available for $549. Pre-orders start tomorrow, but the Surface 2 will only be released on the 22nd of October. It failed the first time around, let’s see how the boosts convince people this time around.

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Similarly, Microsoft also announced their Surface Pro 2, the more successful Surface model. The main issues with the first Surface Pro was the battery life being to low. According to Microsoft they’ve managed to increase the battery life by 75% while improving the screens 1080p screen colors and accuracy. They’ve also made it faster by 20%, and boosted the graphics by 50%. That’s a pretty heft increase all around without increasing the thickness.

  • Processor: Haswell i5 processor
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Weight: 907 grams
  • Thickness: 1.35cm
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD (1920 x 1080) capactive touchscreen
  • Battery: Estimated up to 8 hours battery life
  • I/O: microSD, 2x USB 3.0, Micro HD Video, Bluetooth 4.0, Dolby Digital Sound Speakers
  • Software: Windows 8.1 + Office Home & Student 2013 RT + 200Gb Skydrive
  • Capacity: 64/128/256/512 GB
  • Camera: 3.5 megapixel Front Facing Camera, 5 megapixel rear camera
  • Availability: October 21, 2013
  • Pricing: $899 to $1,799 (depending on specs)

Well the Surface Pro was almost perfect, and the main issues that plagued the original Surface Pro seem to have been fixed. The only current issue remaining is price. $899 is all well, but when it doesnt include a keyboard you can slowly see the pricing increasing. Also, $1,799 is extremely expensive, though the upside is you get 512GB of SSD in the device. We hope Microsoft think it through and push through a keyboard or two within that price. But essentially we don’t see the need for paying such a huge price.

The more important question is – with a 50% graphics boost, and a 20% speed increase, how does this affect gaming performance? Portable gaming devices are still rare, despite what Razer might be doing in that field – gaming on a surface is the next evolution of portable gaming. Though we feel it’s still 1 generation away from true gaming, you can still pull out a game or two of Dota 2 on the move.

What’s more? Expect new Touch & Type Keyboards with backlit keys, inbuilt batteries, wireless keyboards, a Docking station, and even a DJ Cover.

Would you buy one?


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