Microsoft unveiled its 2nd generation of surface tablets at a New York event on Monday and by simply judging it by the looks, nothing much has changed on the outside. Both Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 pretty much resemble the original tablets but under the hood is where the two new tablets have received plenty of overhauling to boast some impressive numbers. It seems, Microsoft analyzed all the complaints from the first generation surface tablets and tried rectifying them. Out of the two, Surface Pro 2 has received most of the upgrades but it still comes with a stylus and remains a massively potent laptop guised as a tablet.
The physical difference between the Pro and the Pro 2 is hardly noticeable except the new logo on the back cover; the display too has remained the same at 10.6 inch with the resolution of 1080p. The major upgrade, which we think is pretty cool, is the battery life, it has been improved by a whopping 75% thanks to the new 1.6GHz Core i5 Haswell processor. The battery life is further boosted by the new Microsoft Power Cover which extends it by 2.5 times the standalone battery time.
The Type Cover 2 now is 1mm thinner than the original and backlit. The kick-stand has also been upgraded to address the old issues and perform better. The new kick-stand comes in two-stage process with better viewing angles. The Surface Pro 2 is loaded with ports; it has 3 USB 2.0 and a single USB 3.0, a mini Display Port, Ethernet and audio in/out. The Surface Pro 2 is capable of editing 6K video which is mighty impressive.
As for the availability and pricing, The Surface 2 base model will be available for $449 and the base Surface Pro 2 starts at $899 (same as the original Pro). Microsoft is accepting pre-orders for both the tablets from today and will start shipping the units to 21 markets from 22nd October onwards.
[Via – Engadget]