The second generation Surface tablets will be launched on September 23d. Microsoft has already sent out media invites to the New York event, where it plans to announce two 10.6” tablets – Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. The third, smaller tablet Microsoft is working on, dubbed Surface Mini, is not ready for the prime time yet.
Microsoft Surface Pro
We already told you some of the details of Surface Pro 2 – Haswell Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, improved two position kick-stand. It will also have an optional docking station with 2 USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, a display port, and Ethernet port for wired Internet connections.
Microsoft Surface 2 will be the successor of Surface RT and will come with:
Windows 8.1 RT OS
Tegra 4 CPU
10.6” 1080p Full HD display,
front and rear cameras
Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-fi
micro-SD card slot, USB 3.0, HD-video out
Office Home&Student RT edition
up to 8 hours of battery life
weight 1.5 pounds, thickness 0.37”
Microsoft will also have a new Power Cover accessory – attachable keyboard with built-in battery, to extend the battery life of the new tablets.
Both Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 look like a nice improvements on the last year’s models. But original Surfaces looked pretty good too. And then Microsoft decided to put an $500 price tag on Surface RT, $900 on Surface Pro, and priced them right out of the market.
Hope they learned from $900 million loss they took on the first generation Surfaces, and this time will go smarter about this.