Microsoft has announced a pair of new tablets, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, at an event in New York. The two new devices are updates of the company’s first Windows slates, and although the designs have hardly changed, the technical aspects have been given a significant upgrade. Microsoft’s Surface 2 is aimed at the casual tablet owner, while the Surface Pro 2 is for those who want a laptop replacement, or wish to use the tablet for business.
Starting with the Surface 2, it has a 10.6-inch screen with a 1080p resolution, and is powered by the new Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. The magnesium body shell is thinner and lighter than the old model, and the kickstand now has two angles instead of one. It’s fitted with a pair of cameras, a 5-megapixel on the rear and a 3.5-megapixel on the front.
It runs Windows RT 8.1, and is available with either 32GB or 64GB of storage space, and has been priced at $450 in America, but we’re still waiting for a UK price.
It’s joined by the Surface Pro 2, which has an Intel Core i5 processor and runs the full version of Windows 8.1, meaning you can install any Windows program, unlike RT which only accepts apps from the Windows Store. The Pro 2 also has a 10.6-inch 1080p screen, and comes with either 64GB or 128GB storage and 4GB of RAM, or 8GB of RAM if you select the 256GB or 512GB models. Prices start at $900, so expect it to be pricey in the UK.
Both are going to be available for pre-order on 24 September in several countries, including the UK, and sales start on 22 October.