Microsoft launches next generation Surface tablets arrives on October 22

Next generation Surface tablets arrives on October 22

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Image (c) Microsoft

Microsoft on Monday announced their next generation Surface tablets – the Surface 2 (the second generation of the Surface RT) and Surface Pro 2. Armed with a Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, Surface 2 also improved its battery life by 25% (now up to 10hrs vs 8hrs of Surface RT). Camera resolution has also increased and improved for low-light performance with a 3.5 MP front camera and 5MP rear camera both capable of capturing 1080p video. It is also slightly thinner and lighter than Surface RT and runs Windows RT 8.1.

Powered by Windows Pro 8.1, Surface Pro 2 on the other hand, offers the portability and simplicity of a tablet when you want it and the power and flexibility of a laptop when you need it. Armed with 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, the new Surface Pro 2 delivers increased performance and improvements with 60% 75% more battery life. Both tablets also features a deeper angle on its kickstand.

As a bonus, Microsoft is offering 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for 2 years, and free Skype calls in more than 60 countries for one year to customers purchasing either Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2.

The Redmond-based company also announced new sets of accessories for these lovely devices. The all-new Type Cover 2 comes with new colors such as magenta, cyan, purple and black with quieter keys and is now backlit. The new Touch Cover 2 on the other hand is lighter, thinner and also comes with backlit keys. They also introduced a new keyboard – the Power Cover – it gives you the speed and comfort of a classic keyboard plus an extra boost on your battery life. Still counting? Well, another accessory is the Docking Station which enables you to have all those accessories linked. Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers on the other hand, was designed to connect any Surface tablet with the little help from Bluetooth so you can work on your Surface from a distance. They also announced the Arc Touch Mouse and Car Charger for Surface.

Surface 2’s starting price is US$499 while Surface Pro 2 sells at a hefty price tag of US$899. The next generation Surface arrives on October 22nd initially on 22 markets but you can now pre-order Surface here!

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Take a virtual tour of Microsoft’s new Surface 2 family, heading to retail stores Oct. 22.
Introducing Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and new accessories
September 23, 2013
Take a virtual tour of Microsoft’s new Surface 2 family, heading to retail stores Oct. 22.
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Microsoft buys Nokia’s smartphone handset business

Microsoft buys Nokia's smartphone handset business

Microsoft buys Nokia’s smartphone handset business

Microsoft announced Monday night that it will acquire Nokia’s devices and services division. Everybody saw this news coming! It was 2011 when Nokia chose to partner with Microsoft to power up their Lumia handset devices with Windows Phone because they feared that Samsung would dominate Android. Since that partnership, rumors about Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia will likely happen — and it is happening now. Nokia on their part is the only manufacturer that fully relies on Windows Phone unlike Samsung and HTC. Nokia also accounted for a whopping 81% of all Windows devices shipped last quarter based on Kantar Worldpanel. On Microsoft’s side, they are transitioning from software to a “devices and services” company. This buyout deal will be beneficial for both companies in many ways.

Microsoft will pay 3.70 billion Euro for Nokia’s devices business ($5 billion U.S.). Microsoft will also pay an additional 1.65 billion Euro ($2.2 billion U.S.) for the rights to Nokia’s patents. All together, the deal will cost Microsoft about $7 billion U.S.

Microsoft will also take on about 32,000 Nokia employees. Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop will transfer to Microsoft too. (Elop used to work at Microsoft before becoming the Nokia CEO.)

Nokia will be hosting a live press conference at 10am CEST (4pm Manila time).

Press Release from Microsoft.
Joint Press Release from Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop.

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