During today’s event in New York, Microsoft officially unveiled its new tablets: Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. According to Microsoft information, Surface Pro 2 is 95 %more powerful than the currently existing desktops and 20% stronger than the first Surface Pro. As expected, there is a 10.6 inch display with Full HD resolution (which became brighter and more contrast), the latest processor Intel Core i5-4200U (Haswell) with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz ( 2.6 GHz Turbo), 4 – 8 GB of RAM , two 720p cameras, as well as a new, more convenient stand with two fixed positions.
The battery life, compared to the first Surface Pro, has increased by 75 % (including through the new processor). This figure can be increased by using a new kind of cover – keyboard – Power Cover with built-in 30 V*hours battery.
According to information provided by Microsoft, a tablet will work the whole day in conjunction with this accessory. Working hours of Surface Pro 2 with Power Cover is 2.5 times higher than the corresponding figure of Surface Pro.
In addition, one announced updated Type Cover. They got new colors and became a millimeter thinner (almost like Touch Cover of the first generation). In addition, there appeared a backlight.
The second innovation is the Surface 2 tablet running with Windows RT 8.1. According to a spokesman for Microsoft, “truncated” Windows should not confuse a potential buyer, as there are more than 100,000 apps (against 10,000 in the previous year) in the Windows Store at the moment. In addition, the tablet comes with pre-installed Microsoft Office 2013.
Compared with the first version it is thinner and lighter. A second color option – silver has appeared. 10.6 -inch ClearType display is with Full HD resolution. A stand, as in the Surface Pro 2 has two positions. The “heart” of the device has a powerful chip – NVIDIA 4 with a clock speed of 1.7 GHz. The manufacturer promises 10 hours of battery life in video playback. RAM – 2 GB, the resolution of the front camera – 3.5 MP, basic – 5 megapixels. There is one USB 3.0 port.
Concerning an updated and touch keyboard – Touch Cover. It also has become 1 mm “thin” and now better recognizes pressing because of the large number of sensors and acquired illumination.
Pre-order for both devices will be opened tomorrow. The tablet goes on sale in 21 countries on 22 October. The cost of the younger version of Surface 2 with 32 GB of memory – $ 449 (in USA ).
The starting price Surface Pro 2 – $ 899, maximum – $ 1,799. One will offer options with 4GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of internal memory and 8 GB of RAM and 256/512 GB of internal memory
As you can see, the miracle did not happen – the tablets are not available for every person. A small consolation for buyers is free 200GB in the “cloud” SkyDrive for 2 years.