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Microsoft Surface 2: Release date, price, specs and accessories

Chris Martin | Sept. 24, 2013
Today Microsoft is holding a launch event for its Surface 2 tablets in New York. We've rounded up all the Surface 2 tablets release date, price and specification details.

Today Microsoft is holding a launch event for its Surface 2 tablets in New York. We've rounded up all the Surface 2 tablets release date, price and specification details.

Microsoft will almost certainly unveil the Surface 2, to replace the Surface RT and the Surface Pro 2, the Surface Pro's successor. It's also possible that the rumoured Surface mini will make an appearance although details on this model are extremely thin on the ground.

Surface 2: Release date
Microsoft is due to announce the new Surface 2 tablets today and ZDNet reports that, via a source who is in the loop on Surface info, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 "may be generally available on or around October 22".

That's just a few days after Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 on 17 October.

Surface 2: Price
The same source for the above information said that Microsoft is planning to carry on selling the first generation Surface tablets alongside their successors.

Microsoft will supposedly keep the Surface RT at $349 (currently £279 in the UK) and launch the 32 GB Surface 2 at $499. A 64 GB model will be priced from $599, the source said.

Meanwhile, the Surface Pro will remain at $799 (£639 in the UK) and the Surface Pro 2 in a 64 GB model will cost $899. The source says that there will also be 128-, 256- and 512 GB models priced at $999, $1,299 and $1,699, respectively.

Surface 2: Specs
In terms of specifications, it is expected that the both the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will use the same 10.6 in and will offer the same number of USB ports. Upgrades will be made to resolution and internal components such as the processor.

They will, of course, come pre-loaded with Windows 8.1.

Surface 2
Surface 2

  • OS: Windows RT 8.1
  • Screen: 10.6 in ClearType Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: nVidia Tegra 4
  • Storage: 32/64 GB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, USB 3.0, micro-SD expansion (up to 64GB), HD video-out port.
  • Battery: Up to eight hours.
  • Dimensions: Same as Surface RT.

Surface Pro 2

Surface Pro 2

  • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
    Screen: 10.6 in ClearType Full HD (1920 x 1080)
    Processor:IntelCore i5 (Haswell)
    Storage:64/128/256/512 GB
    Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, USB 3.0, micro-SD expansion (up to 64GB), HD video-out port.
    Stylus: Digital Pro Pen.
    Battery: Up to seven hours.
    Dimensions: Same as Surface.

Surface mini

  • OS: Windows RT 8.1
  • Screen: 8 in
  • Processor: Qualcomm

Surface 2: Accessories

 

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