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!