Surface 2 & Surface Pro 2


Yesterday Microsoft had the Surface event and showed off the new products in the Surface family.

They look very promising and here is some of the news in the new versions.

Surface 2

Surface 2

Surface 2

  • This is the new version of the Surface RT which has the Windows 8.1 RT OS installed on it. This means that it’s a tablet and not a computer, you can’t install normal Windows applications on it, just the applications you find in the Windows 8 store.
  • A 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD screen
  • This version comes pre-installed with office RT which is a touch based version of the office applications. I’m looking forward to see how this looks like and works.
  • Longer battery time, 10h battery time in total now
  • It’s faster, this version has a Nvidia TEGRA 4 processor instead of the old Surface RT which had a Nvidia TEGRA 3
  • Got a USB 3 port, the old Surface RT had a USB 2
  • It’s thinner and thus also lighter
  • The kickstand now has another angle it can be set in. The new angle is almost 90 degrees to the tablet which will make it a lot easier to have in the lap and work with. This is something I really missed on my Surface Pro

Surface Pro 2

Surface Pro 2

Surface Pro 2

  • 75% longer battery life
  • A 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD screen
  • Intel Core i5-4200U ”Haswell” processor which increases the speed with around 20%
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400 which increases the graphical performance by 50%
  • It comes in two new sizes, one with 256Gb SSD + 8Gb RAM and 512Gb SSD + 8Gb RAM which really makes this product interesting as a machine to work on
  • Buy one and get 200Gb free space on SkyDrive
  • This one also has the new angle for the kickstand

Accessories

This is a very important part of yesterdays release since they released the following:

  • A docking station for the Surface Pro that has the following ports
    • 3 x USB 3.0
    • 1 x USB 1.0
    • Audio in
    • Audio out
    • Ethernet
    • Mini display port
  • Power Cover – a type cover with a battery that extends the battery life of the Surface Pro 1,5 times
  • Media Cover – a new touch cover for editing media
  • Type cover 2 and Touch cover 2 gets backlit on the keys and are 1mm smaller. The backlit is really something that I’ve missed a lot on my own type cover for my Surface Pro

They will unlock the preorder today 08.00 a.m ET and you can preorder your new Surface here