Microsoft unveiled the successor of the Surface RT tablet known as Surface 2. While the new Surface 2 brings the same design as its predecessor, the tablet comes with a few hardware changes including a faster Tegra 4 chipset and 1080p display.
The tablet comes with a thinner and lighter design, and features a 10.6-inch ClearType full HD display sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with a Tegra 4 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz and a USB 3.0 port for up to four times faster file transfers. Microsoft Surface 2 comes with 4GB RAM, which twice the amount of RAM that was present in the original Surface tablet. On the back side, the tablet features a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 3.5 megapixel front camera, both capable of capturing 1080p video and featured improved low-light performance. The tablet comes with two storage options: 32GB and 64GB.
Microsoft Surface 2 will ship with Windows RT 8.1 OS out of the box bringing several improvements to the operating system such as personalization, search, multitasking, built-in apps, and more. Additionally, the tablet comes with Microsoft Office 2013 RT pre-installed including Outlook 2013
In case you want a keyboard for your Surface 2, Microsoft also offers three different covers: Touch Cover 2, Type Cover 2 and a new Power Cover. The Touch and Type covers are thinner and lighter compared to earlier versions while the Power Cover packs a battery of its own, providing users with improved battery life.
In addition, Microsoft Surface 2 comes with a number of freebies including 200GB Skydrive storage for two years. The buyers also get one year of free Skype WiFi hotspots as well as one year of free international Skype calls.
The Surface 2 pre-orders will begin tomorrow at 8:00AM ET and will be available in retail stores from October 22nd for $449 for the 32GB while the 64GB version comes with a $499 price tag. Also check out these three new adverts comparing the Microsoft Surface 2 vs iPad Air tablet to see the comparison from a Microsoft perspective.