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September 25, 2013 / infgwendt

Microsoft Announces Surface Pro 2

Microsoft has announced the second generation of their Surface computing range. There is the Surface 2 which runs Windows 8.1 RT and there is the Surface Pro 2 which runs the full version of Windows 8.1

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The Surface Pro 2  will look almost identical from the outside but Microsoft have made several performance improvements under the hood and the kickstand now has two open positions instead of one which allows it to tilt back flatter to the ground. It is packing the new 4th-generation (Haswell) Intel Core i5 processor which gives it 20% more power and then the previous model and twice the graphical power. Best of all, battery life will be significantly improved. Microsoft is stating a 75% increase but we’ll have to wait and see some real world test results.

It will be available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB versions. The last two will also have 8GB RAM options which is fantastic but those big specs will cost you big dollars.

  • The 64GB version starts at $1019
  • The 128GB version starts at $1129
  • The 256GB version starts at $1469
  • The 512GB version starts at $2039 – Quite a big price jump from the 256GB version.

You will also get USB 3.0, microSD and a Mini DisplayPort. The Pro Pen otherwise known as a stylus, is also included. Photos and movies will look great on the 1080p widescreen display too. Microsoft have also tried to sweeten the deal by including 1 year of unlimited free voice calling to landlines in over 60 countries using Skype and free Skype WiFi. They also throw in a massive 200GB of additional SkyDrive storage for 2 years to store your data online. That is many times more than the competition offers for free.

Let’s not forget the accessories because they are what makes the Surface and truly functional and productive device. The Touch Cover and the Type Cover have both been improved upon; making them lighter, thinner but also more rigid and responsive. New this year is the Power Cover which is a keyboard but also houses a battery to extend the battery life of your Surface Pro 2. The Docking Station will be a welcome addition for many business and home users. It will allow you to plug in an external monitor, Ethernet, full size keyboard and mouse, printers and other peripherals and speakers of course.

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Windows 8.1 also helps to resolve many of the biggest complaints early adopters had with the original Surface but is all this enough to entice users away from their tablets and laptops? Only time will tell but Microsoft are definitely headed in the right direction with these improvements.

You can find out more over at the Surface blog

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