Microsoft has today in New York City announced two new Surface tablets, the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. And you all know me, I still think the Surface Pro 2 is too expensive, and the Surface 2 still has no apps. I won't buy them, I still thinks an 11-inch MacBook Air is a much better choice for that kind of money...
They still have the same design as the first generation, but the kickstand has been updated, it now supports two positions.
The Surface 2 (no RT in it’s name anymore) is a lower-priced ARM based tablet, running Windows RT 8.1, and the Surface Pro 2 is an expensive Intel Haswell based tablet running full Windows Pro 8.1.
The Surface 2 now has an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, and a full 1080p display. That’s a quite good improvement. It is also thinner and lighter than the first generation, and has 25% more battery life and a USB 3 port now. It will only be available in a metal color.
Surface Pro 2 now has a Haswell processor, and Microsoft says that it has 75% better battery life. That is definitely needed. It will come with either 64GB, 128Gb, 256GB, or 512GB of storage. The 64GB and 128GB versions comes with 4GB of RAM, and the 256GB and 512GB versions has 8GB RAM memory.
Microsoft also announced some new accessories, Touch Cover 2 (higher sensitivity), Type Cover 2 (backlit) and the Power Cover—a cover with an extended battery, that will add 2.5x of battery life. Microsoft also announce a docking station with 3 USB 2 ports, one USB 3 port, one mini-DisplayPort, and a gigabit Ethernet port.
The Surface 2 will cost $499, and the Surface Pro 2 will cost $899. Both launch on October 22nd, with pre orders starting on September 24th. Microsoft will continue selling the Surface RT for $349.
Here is my vlog on what I think about Microsoft Surface: