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Microsoft's new tablets Surface

Agam Shah | Sept. 24, 2013
Microsoft unveiled the second wave of Surface tablets Monday, hoping that a 10.6-inch size and higher performance will appeal to consumers who showed little interest in the company's first effort.

The graphics enhancements allow Surface 2 users to play Xbox games streamed over the Internet, Panay said. The tablet also has a 1920 x 1080-pixel display, and a USB 3.0 port.

There are two cameras in the Surface 2, both improved from the previous model. The back camera can take clearer images in higher resolution, and has better lenses for improved images in low-light situations. The front camera is now better for video conferencing.

There are 100,000 apps in the Windows Store for this tablet, compared to 10,000 apps last year. Panay highlighted the Microsoft Office suite, which will come bundled with the tablet.

Microsoft is also offering a range of keyboard docks for the new tablets. It's providing free Wi-Fi hotspot and unlimited international calling on Skype with Surface and Surface Pro 2, but Panay did not say for how long. It is also providing free 200GB of SkyDrive online storage for two years with the tablet.

 

 

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