With its RT operating system, high price ($500 plus $100 for a keyboard cover) and a lack of internal storage memory, Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet has been criticized harshly ever since it was announced last year.
But Microsoft is not giving up yet. On September 23rd, it announced the Surface RT and Surface Pro’s sequel. Here are some things you need to know before choosing to invest in either…
Like many have guessed before the launch, the Surface Pro 2 uses a new Intel Core i5 Haswell processor. With the Surface 2, its new processor – the NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip – will result in a significant improvement in speed and graphical performance.
Microsoft equips the new Surface Pro tablet with a better battery life with an increase by up to 60 percent. The battery life of the Surface 2 also increases by 25%, which is always a happy upgrade.
The Surface 2 comes with a sturdier silver magnesium case which reduces those pesky fingerprints that appear over time. The Surface Pro 2, on the other hand, resembles its predecessor with the same magnesium alloy, VaporMg casing and dark finish, as well as optional covers that double as keyboards.
Re-designed Surface 2 Kickstand
With the previous kickstand design, users were not even able to use the Surface RT or Surface Pro on their laps. Now, the kickstand of the Surface 2 includes a second, deeper angle which makes using your device on your lap much simpler. Therefore, the kickstand this time is designed more for functionality than for the “cool” factor.
Both the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 come with a new 1080p Full-HD ClearType display, which results in improved colour reproduction and sensitivity for using the Pro Pen. The storage of the Surface Pro 2 includes 64GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB options, with 4GB of RAM available for the first two, and 8GB of RAM available for the larger two.
New Type Cover
A number of new accessories are launched alongside the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2, which includes the renewed Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2. Touch Cover 2 is thinner and lighter than before and includes more sensors which make it more responsive. Type Cover 2 is 1mm thinner. It is also made quieter and stronger in order to create a better lap-typing experience.
An evolution of Touch Cover, Surface Pro 2’s Power Cover uses a keyboard instead of the touch-sensitive type. With basically the same design as the original Type Cover, it is able to charge the Surface and increase its battery life by up to 50 percent.
Another accessory is a Surface Docking Station, which comes with a number of additional ports, making the tablet more like a laptop. The Docking station is equipped with four USB ports, a Mini Display Port, Ethernet, audio-in and –out, and a power port. However, the Power Cover and Docking station will probably not be available until next year, and each will cost $199.99.
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