Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Microsoft unveils Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro

Microsoft has not been able to do much when it comes to the smartphone and tablet industry. Although Windows Phone 8 was a step in the right direction, Microsoft still needs to try and do everything to get the attention of the buyers. To give its buyers better and newer choices, Microsoft has just released two new tablets - Microsoft Surface 2 and Microsoft Surface 2 Pro.

Microsoft Surface 2

The first of the set is the Microsoft Surface 2 - the successor to the original and not-so-successful Surface tablet. The slate is now thinner, lighter and faster. It is powered by the latest Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset which features a 1.7 GHz Quad Core Cortex A 15 processor and a whopping 72 core GeForce GPU. It has 2 gigs of RAM in addition to that. Apart from this, the display has got a major upgrade. It is now a 10.6" 1080p display with 5-point multi touch support. According to Microsoft, Surface 2 now has a better battery life (10 hours of video playback and 7-15 hours of standby), upto 4x performance, 5x better camera and the bus and wi-fi speeds are also twice then before.

It has the standard suite of connectivity options with some things in addition to it. It features a wi-fi a/b/g/n support, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD slot card support, 3.5 mm audio jack, HDMI port and even an USD 3.0 port. It has a 5MP snapper at its back and a 1/3" sensor size 3.5 MP front camera and both with 1080p shooting capabilities. It also features a better 2-stage kickstage.

Microsoft is offering its customer 1 year of free international calls over Skype, 200 GB of SkyDrive storage with instant sync and Microsoft Office 2013 RT edition consisting of Word, Excel, OneNote and Outlook with the all Magnesium tablet.

The Microsoft Surface 2 is expected to hit the shelves on October 22 with two storage options of 32 GB and 64 GB available for 449$ and 549$ respectively.

Microsoft Surface 2 Pro

The surface Pro has got a proper upgrade as well. It now runs on an Intel Core i5 processor which runs at 1.6 GHz (2.6GHz in turbo mode), Intel HD Graphics 4400 and 4GB or 8GB (depending on your choice) LPDDR3 RAM. It uses the screen same as that of Microsoft Surface 2. According to Microsoft people, Pro 2 has 20% better performance, 50% faster graphics, 75% better battery life and 50% better color accuracy when compared to previous generation Pro tablet. It has support for pen-input and the Surface Pen in included in the retail package.

It has the same connectivity suite as that of Microsoft Surface 2 with an addition of a miniDisplay support. Unlike Surface 2, its snappers are 720p and not 1080p but it does feature stereo speakers. The new 2-stage kickstand is present here as well.

Microsoft will be giving the 1 year international calls over Skype and 200 GB SkyDrive storage for 2 years with this slate as well and a one month free trial of Microsoft Office 365.

Surface 2 Pro will also hit shelves on October 2 along with Surface 2. It will be available in 4 storage options - 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB. The 64 GB model costs 899$, 128 GB one costs 999$, 256 GB one costs 1299$ and the 512 GB model costs 1799$. These are the price of 4GB RAM version but if you want 8 GB RAM in your slate you need to throw in extra 100 bucks.


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