Microsoft Surface 2: Price, Specifications, and Availability

Redmond will officially launch the next-generation Surface tomorrow

By on September 22nd, 2013 07:54 GMT

Microsoft will launch the second-generation Surface tablet on September 23, as part of an event held in New York City and supposed to bring updates for both the RT and the Pro models.

Just like it did with all the other products released lately, Microsoft has remained completely tight-lipped on its new Surface product family. And still, lots of details reached the web via unofficial channels, most of them coming from insiders who confirmed recent speculations and revealed some very interesting bits about the new models.

SPECIFICATIONS

Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott of WinSuperSite.com claims that the new RT tablet will be simply called Surface 2 and will feature a Tegra 4 processor specifically optimized for longer battery life and increased performance.

In addition, the device will be equipped with a ClearType full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080, which is exactly the same screen already available on the current Surface Pro model. It will measure 10.6 inches.

While the battery will be enhanced to provide an autonomy of up to 8 hours, weight and thickness will remain the same: 1.5 pounds (680 grams) and 0.37 inches (9.3 mm), respectively.

Both 32GB and 64GB versions will continue to be offered for the Surface RT, but the tablets will feature a new two-position kickstand supposed to enhance productivity in both landscape and portrait mode.

Other features include the same Vapor Magnesium case, front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, microSD card support, HD video-out port. Windows RT 8.1 and Office Home & Student 2013 RT will be pre-installed.

The new Surface 2 will also be available in a new white version, while pricing will remain basically the same as for the current model: $499 (€369) for the 32GB package and $599 (€442) for the 64GB one. If Microsoft keeps its discount active, the entry-level model will be available for $349.99 (€260).
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Microsoft will make the new Surface RT 2 from the same Vapor Magnesium composite that's said to be extremely durable.So this is what the Surface 2 (Surface RT 2 ) spec sheet might look like:

Chipset: Nvidia Tegra 4
Display: 10.6-inch, ClearType Full HD (1920x1080)
Battery: up to 8 hours
Weight: 1.5 pounds (680 grams)
Thickness: 0.37 inches (9.3 mm)
Connectivity: USB 3.0, Wi-Fi, HD video-out, Bluetooth 4.0
Card support: microSD up to 64 GB
Cameras: front and rear
Colors: black, white
Storage: 32GB and 64GB
OS: Windows RT 8.1
Software: Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Outlook RT, Bing apps
Pricing: $499 (€369) for the 32GB model and $599 (€442) for the 64GB version

The Surface Pro, on the other hand, which is likely to be called Surface Pro 2, will come with the fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor and the same 10.6-inch, ClearType full HD 1920x1080 processor. The battery will be upgraded to last for up to 7 or 8 hours, but the available RAM memory will be significantly increased. Word is that Microsoft will allow customers to choose how much RAM they want, with the top-of-the-range model to boost 8GB of RAM.

In addition, it will feature the same two-position kickstand, front- and rear-facing 720p cameras, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, microSD card support, HD video-out port, and a digital Pro Pen.

Microsoft is reportedly planning to offer two new versions of the Surface Pro, with 256 GB and 512 GB of storage space, respectively.
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The Surface Pro will come in several new versions, including a model offering up to 512 GB of storage space. An unofficial Surface Pro 2 spec list would look like this:

Chipset: Intel Core i5
Display: 10.6-inch, ClearType Full HD (1920x1080)
Battery: up to 7 or 8 hours
Weight: 2 pounds (907 grams)
Thickness: 0.53 inches (13.4 mm)
Connectivity: USB 3.0, Wi-Fi, HD video-out, Bluetooth 4.0
Card support: microSD up to 64 GB
Cameras: front and rear, 720p support
Colors: black, white
Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
Software: Bing apps, no Office version included
Pricing: $899 (€665) – 64GB, $999 (€740) – 128GB, $1,299 (€960) – 256GB, $1,699 (€1255) – 512GB

AVAILABILITY

It's not yet confirmed, but it turns out that Microsoft is planning to launch the new-generation Surface tablet soon after Windows 8.1, just to make sure that it supports the new wave of devices supposed to promote the new operating system.

Sources close to the matter hint that the new Surface is likely to go on sale on October 22, which is only four days after the debut of Windows 8.1.

What's more, Microsoft is said to be preparing a new Surface Mini tablet, specifically created to compete against the iPad mini and Nexus 7, with the official launch expected to be announced by year-end.

The new Surface tablets will be available both online and in retail stores across the world, as Microsoft is planning to use the already established channel to make sure that its new device is much more successful than the previous version.

ACCESSORIES

Both Touch and Type Covers will continue to be offered, but Microsoft is also preparing some new accessories for the refreshed Surface range.

The company is reportedly working on a new docking station that will work with both Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, but also with the existing Pro model. Unfortunately, the existing RT flavor won't support the new accessory, people close to the matter indicated.
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Microsoft will launch several new accessories that will make the most of the connectivity port currently used by the Touch and the Type Covers. In addition, Redmond is also developing a so-called Power Cover that would play a double role. First of all, the new device would act just like a regular keyboard, but thanks to a built-in battery, it would also be capable of recharging the tablet when not connected to a power outlet.

Pricing and availability details for the Power Cover are not yet available, but it might seem like the device will work with all Surface tablets, except for the first-generation Surface RT.

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