Microsoft’s two new Surface tablets are now official, the surface pro 2 and surface 2 mark more of a refinement over the original than a radical rethinking of the basic Surface concept.
Formerly known as the Surface RT (least that was the name of last year’s model), the updated model includes Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor, a 1080p display, and a new two-stage kickstand. Microsoft claims hasn’t trimmed down the Surface 2 with an additional is a two-stage kickstand.
While the original Surface RT debuted just in black, Microsoft has opted for a silver edition this time around. It’s a new color that compliments Microsoft’s push into new additions to its Surface cover colors. The front of the silver Surface 2 still has a black bezel, but you can see a silver trim that extends around the rest of the device. Along with the subtle coloring, the Windows logo at the rear of the Surface 2 has been replaced with the Surface wordmark in the typical Segoe font.
Surface Pro 2
It also futures the two level kickstand that appears to offer a new solution for lap use, but only if you’re really willing to use the onscreen keyboard as a Touch or Type Cover as the new angle could be difficult to use.The screen remains the same at 1080p resolution, but Microsoft claims that the new display offers 46 percent more color accuracy, though it’s hard to get a gauge of that without comparing the two side by side.
This is a horse power of a tablets will come in a 10.1-inch tablet size with enough specs that can turn it into a laptop or even a PC replacement. This latest refresh comes with the latest Intel Haswell processor, extended the battery life, and generally improved what was already a fast tablet. The company says the battery life on the Surface Pro 2 is said to be 75 percent better than Surface Pro, while graphical performance is up 50 percent and overall performance is 20 percent better. The Pro 2 will be available in 64GB and 128GB versions with 4GB of RAM, and 256GB and 512GB editions with 8GB of RAM.
Microsoft is calling it the “most powerful, professional, and productive tablet ever made.”
The other half of the Surface tablets is the new touch and type covers, power cover keyboard and docking station. The power cover offers a 30 watt-hour battery that gives the Pro 2 two and a half times the battery life of the original Surface Pro, according to Microsoft. The new Docking Station accomodates the Surface Pro 2 with the power cover attached, and offers three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0
port, audio in and audio out, a Mini DisplayPort, and an ethernet jack. Microsoft says it can support external resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels. Microsoft is pushing the Surface Pro 2 as a complete replacement for your main computer, so the Docking Station helps get it there.
The tablets will cost from as low as $499 for the Surface 2 to $ 899 for the surface pro 2.