Despite the fact that the tablets Surface RT and Surface Pro is not used in great demand among consumers, Microsoft has decided to bring to market second generation of these devices. As the result, here we have Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
Microsoft Surface 2 tablet contains a quad-core processor NVIDIA Tegra 4 (T40) with a frequency of 1.7 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal flash memory. 10.6-inch display has a ClearType Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and is capable of recognizing 5 touches at the same time. The MS2 has wireless modules Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a slot for memory card standard MicroSDXC, ambient light sensor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a magnetometer. The front panel has a 3.5-megapixel camera on the back – 5-megapixel camera. Both cameras are capable of recording video in Full HD resolution. Among other components noted the existence of two microphones with noise reduction, port USB 3.0, stereo speakers, headset jack, video output connectors and connection cover. The complete battery capacity is sufficient to operate in stand-alone mode for over 10 hours of video playback, and standby unit can operate without recharging for up to 7-15 days. The device contains an operating system pre-installed Windows RT 8.1 and Microsoft Office package 2013 RT. Owning Surface 2 offers 200 GB of disk space in SkyDrive service for a period of 2 years. Weight of new items is declared less than 1.49 pounds (about 676 g). Sales of tablet Microsoft Surface 2 will begin on 22 October for a suggested retail price of $ 449 and $ 549 for a model with 32 GB of memory and 64 GB respectively.
The tablet Microsoft Surface Pro 2 also uses 10.6-inch display with ClearType Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. But in this case, the panel is able to detect up to 10 touches simultaneously, and supports the ability to work with a stylus (recognized by the 1024-level pressure). The device includes a processor Intel Core fourth generation – the chip Core i5-4200U 1.6 GHz (2.6 GHz with the activation of Intel Turbo Boost) and integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4400. With this processor the user has the ability to run a long list of traditional programs for Windows. RAM capacity can be 4 or 8 GB, and built-in flash memory – 64, 128, 256 GB. Also on the market will be a limited number of models with 512 GB of flash memory. The tablet Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is equipped with a slot for memory card standard MicroSDXC, wireless modules Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 LE, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and HD cameras on the front and back panels. In Microsoft Surface Pro 2 are also available port USB 3.0, stereo speakers, microphone, headphone jack, and a Mini DisplayPort video output connector cover. The tablet has battery capacity of 42 Wh. In this case, the weight of the device is 2 pound (about 907 g). Moreover, the new Microsoft 2013 tablet is running the operating system Windows 8.1 Pro and includes a trial version of office suite, Microsoft Office 365, which can be used free of charge for 1 month. The tablet Microsoft Surface Pro 2 will go on sale from 22 October at a price of $ 899, $ 999, $ 1,299 and $ 1,799 for a model with 64, 128, 256, and 512 GB of memory. The package also includes a stylus.
Along with tablets, Microsoft has introduced new versions of covers and keyboards for them. Model Touch Cover 2 has a backlit keyboard, built-in accelerometer, proximity sensor and a magnetic interface. The device has a thickness of 2.75 mm and a weight of 185 g. It can be used in conjunction with tablets Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. The novelty will be available for pre-order from September 24, priced at $ 119.99. Model Type Cover 2 will be available in four different color schemes. It is equipped with mechanical keys with backlight, accelerometer, proximity sensor and a magnetic interface. In this case, the thickness of the device is 5.4 mm, weight – 256 grams, the price – $ 129.99. Power Cover has mechanical buttons, an accelerometer and a battery that allows you to extend the battery life of the tablet up to 50%. The price of the new items is $ 199.99.
Docking Station for Surface Pro allows you to transform the tablet into a computer. It contains a connector for connection to an electrical outlet, one USB 3.0, the three ports USB 2.0, LAN port Ethernet, 3.5-millimeter audio input and output, video output DisplayPort. The cost of this solution is $ 199.99, and its sales will begin in 2014.
Mouse Arc Touch Surface Edition is based on the technology BlueTrack. It connects to the tablet via a wireless connection and Bluetooth 4.0 LE is powered by two batteries, type AAA. Price of the device is set at $ 69.99. Device Car Charger with USB allows you to charge the tablet battery from the electrical network of the car. You can buy it in early 2014 at a price of $ 49.99.
This was all about the latest devices from the Microsoft, including Microsoft Surface 2, Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and few latest accessories including Arc Touch Surface Edition, Touch Cover 2, Type Cover 2 and Power cover.