Thursday, September 26, 2013
Next-generation Surface tablets
Microsoft are set to improve their latest Surface tablets with better graphics performance and longer battery life. On Monday, they announced an update to both the full-Windows Surface Pro 2 and the low cost Surface 2.
Microsoft, wanted to join the tablet market, opted to push Windows 8 and Windows RT through its own products. However, their first attempt last year led to disappointing results, the company is trying again with improved internal specs.
Panos Panay, Microsoft vice president in charge of Surface said that the Surface Pro 2 is a full laptop in a tablet design, and noted the graphics performance is 50 percent better and its battery life 20 percent longer than its predecessor. It includes a tweaked "dual-position kickstand" that allows users to tilt the screen at two different angles.
The Surface 2 is the successor to the original Surface RT, which runs a stripped down version of Windows 8. The company said it is lighter, thinner, and faster.
The RT version contains a Tegra 4 chip from Nvidia, a full HD 1080p screen and runs three to four times faster than its predecessor. At the same time, battery life is 25 percent better than the first Surface.
The 32GB Surface 2, which runs Windows RT, will retail for $449, $50 less than its predecessor. A 64GB will cost $549. The Pro version, meanwhile, starts at $899 for the 64GB version. Both tablets will be available for preorder at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday and will arrive in stores on Oct. 22.