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Microsoft brings longer battery life, faster processors to Surface

Tim Greene | Sept. 24, 2013
Microsoft aims at corporate crowd with Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 overhaul.

Both devices come with free Skype calling to landlines in 60 countries for one year and free Skype Wi-Fi services for one year at 2 million hotspots. They come with 200GB of free storage in SkyDrive for two years.

Both devices come with their respective upgraded versions Windows 8 Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Pro 8.1.

The blog says the Touch keyboard/cover ($119.99) is more responsive and more rigid than the original. Touch is a flat, fuzzy device with a keyboard embossed on it that responds to finger tapping but the key areas don't actually move. It's been upgraded with backlit keys. It's 2.75 mm thick, down from 3.25 mm.

Type Cover ($129.99) which is a thin traditional keyboard in which each key depresses and clicks when tapped has been modified to click more quietly and is more rigid than the original. The keys are backlit and has proximity sensors so the lights turn on as fingers approach the keyboard. Formerly it came only in black, but now it comes in three other colors, cyan, magenta and purple.

Other accessories include a car charger ($49.99), a Bluetooth mouse (69.99) and a wireless adapter ($59.99) for the Typing Covers so they don't have to be attached to the tablets themselves.

Surface 2 comes in 32GB and 64GB models, and pricing starts at $499.

Surface Pro 2 comes in 64GB and 128GB models with 4GB of RAM and in a 256GB model with 8G of RAM. Pricing starts at $899.

Both Surface devices will be available for pre-order Sept. 24 online, Microsoft Stores and Best Buy. They can be bought Oct. 22, in Microsoft Stores, and select retail stores in 22 markets Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States on Oct. 22 and China (early November).


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