Microsoft has just taken the wraps off the second generation tablets in its Surface line. These will include faster processors, more storage, and redesigned kickstands.
TabletPCReview was at the press event for these tablets — to read our first impressions of them, head over to this article:
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 Hands-On Preview
Surface Pro 2
The Surface Pro 2 is going to have the newest generation of the Intel Core i5 processor (codename “Haswell”), which should give it significantly better performance while also increasing the battery life — Microsoft says the device will be good for nearly an entire workday on a single charge.
It will be available with storage capacities up to 512GB, significantly more than its predecessor. A microSD memory card slot will provide extra storage capacity, and Microsoft is giving users 200GB of SkyDrive storage free for two years.
This tablet will have a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1080 touchscreen, a stylus, and will include a redesigned kickstand that will be able to hold the device up at two angles, not just one. It will also sport a USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort.
It will launch running Windows 8.1 Pro, a new version of this operating system that’s going to debut in the middle of next month.
A 4GB of RAM/64GB of storage version of the Surface Pro 2 will be $900, while a 4GB/128GB version will be $1000. An 8GB/256GB one will sell for $1300, and the 8GB/512GB model will be $1800.
It will be available on October 22. Pre-orders will begin tomorrow.
The successor the the Surface RT is going to be called the Surface 2, and it will launch with Windows 8.1 RT, the version of this operating system designed for ARM processors. In this case it’ll be an Nvidia Tegra 4.
The chief advantage of ARM processors is that they use less power than x86 ones, and Microsoft says this computer will be good for 10 hours without needing a recharge.
Like its predecessor, this tablet will have a 10.1-inch touchscreen, but the resolution has been increased to 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Windows RT has generally been considered to be a consumer oriented but Microsoft is changing that a bit by adding Outlook 2013 RT to the version of Office 2013 RT that comes with all RT-based tablets.
The Surface 2 is going to have the same redesigned kickstand as the Surface Pro 2, as well as the USB 3.0 port and microSD port. It will also include an HD video-out port.
This model is going to start at $450. It will be released on the same schedule as the Surface Pro 2.
New Accessories, Too
Microsoft didn’t limit itself to just unveiling new tablets at its event this morning; it also took the wraps off updated versions of its Touch Cover and Type Cover, as well as an upcoming Power Cover, a Desktop Dock, and more.
To learn more about these, please jump to this article:
Microsoft Bringing Out New Covers, Desktop Dock, and More for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2
No Surface Mini
There have been rumors of an 8-inch version of the Surface 2, but this was not announced today. This is expected to happen before the end of the year, however.