Microsoft held a news conference and launched the Surface 2 Tablet PC. The Surface 2 series is still divided into the standard and Pro version: Standard Edition Surface 2 runs Windows RT 8.1, and its price is from $449, the Pro Edition is with Intel Haswell processor and Windows Pro 8.1, it costs $ 899 at the cheapest.
Surface 2 supports for multi-tasking split-screen operation. The Surface 2 Tablet PC has silver and black two versions, both are with magnesium alloy casing and thinner than the previous generation, and support USB3.0. They are equipped with Windows RT 8.1 OS and with integrated package of office software.
The Surface 2 tablet has enhanced the front camera and is equipped with a 1/3 inch sensor. Meanwhile the Surface 2 integrates the Xbox Music. In order to be able to have mix operation, Microsoft has developed special set touch and App for it. And Surface 2 users can enjoy 2 years of free 200G SkyDrive storage space.
Accessories : The Touch Cover 2 is with 1092 sensors and is equipped with automatic backlight. Type Cover 2 is much thinner.
The Surface 2 has 32GB and 64GB versions, it’s sold from $ 449, and it will be officially on sale on October 22 , U.S. time.
The Pro version Surface 2 Tablet is based on the Haswell processor. The battery capacity of the i5 processor based Surface Pro 2 has increased by 75% than the previous generation, while the Surface Pro 2 is with a new charge coat, which makes life increased to 2.5 times than the original.
The color accuracy of the ClearType HD display has increased by 46% than the previous generation. Meanwhile the Surface Pro 2 graphics performance has increased by 50% and the overall performance has increased by 20%. In addition, Surface Pro 2 has also joined the Dolby sound effect.
Accessories: Type Cover 2 is 1mm thinner than the Touch Cover 1. Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 2 has the workstation system, including the external monitor, Ethernet, audio, full-size keyboard, printer and professional 6k camera and other equipments, and it’s equipped with three USB3.0, a USB1.0, mini display interface, network connector and audio input and output interfaces.
Microsoft said, in theory, the Surface Pro 2 is faster than 95% of the tablets available in the market, and it’s like a real PC.
Surface Pro 2 has four versions : 64GB/4GB RAM, 128GB/4GB RAM, 256GB/8GB RAM and 512GB/8GB RAM, and they are sold from the price of 899 USD.
In the news conference, Microsoft also announced that it will provide all Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 with free Skype international calls and Skype Wifi. Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will accept reservations in the U.S. Eastern time at 8:00 on September 24, and it will be sold on October 22.