Microsoft Surface 2 price, specs and release date.
The successor to Microsoft’s struggling Surface tablet has been announced and we’ve got all the details.
The Microsoft Surface 2 runs Windows RT 8.1 and has a 10.6 inch full HD 1920 x 1080 display with an aspect ratio of 16:9, making it great for movies. It also uses ClearType technology, which apparently makes text more easily readable, while the colour accuracy is claimed to be 50% better than on the original Microsoft Surface.
It’s rocking a 1.7 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, which should make it a powerful machine. Plus it supports Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 3.0, the latter of which should make it capable of fast data transfers.
It comes with a choice of 32 or 64GB of built in storage along with a micro SD card slot to further expand that. There’s a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a 3.5 megapixel snapper on the front for video chats.
On the battery front Microsoft is promising up to 10 hours of video on a single charge or between 7 and 15 days of standby time. It may also provide good sound quality, as its speakers have been “digitally enhanced for fuller sound”.
The Overall look of the Microsoft Surface 2 isn’t a million miles from the original. It has an attractive, silver painted, magnesium casing, along with a built in kickstand that lets you stand the tablet up without the use of a case.
It’s ever so slightly slimmer and lighter than last year’s model, with dimensions of 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9mm and a weight of 676g, which is actually pretty heavy.
Price & release date
The Microsoft Surface 2 starts at £359 for the 32GB model and rises to £439 if you opt for the 64GB version. It’s launching in the UK on the 22nd of October, so it’s less than a month away.
By Kevin Thomas on 30th September, 2013