The Microsoft Surface 2 has taken a step closer to reality, with the manufacturing issuing invites to the upcoming launch of its second-generation tablet on September 23.
With the Microsoft Surface tablet having launched late last year as a Windows powered iPad rival, a flurry of recent Microsoft Surface 2 rumours have pointed to an imminent new arrival. Now Microsoft has confirmed it will formally unveil the revised tablet later this month.
Confirming that the Surface 2 event will take place in New York City on Monday, September 23, Microsoft has teased that it could offer revised replacements to both the Microsoft Surface Pro and less popular Microsoft Surface RT.
Although Microsoft is yet to confirm finalised details on the expected iPad 5 competitor, it has been suggested that the second-gen tablet will introduce a new two-stage kickstand alongside a speedier CPU setup in Intel’s new Haswell processor. Both will run the new Windows 8.1 OS.
While both the Surface Pro 2 and Surface RT 2 are both expected to feature designs largely similar to their predecessors, further Microsoft Surface 2 rumours have pegged the tablets to run a whopping 8GB of RAM alongside a further two hours of battery life and 1080p Full HD displays.
Set to be held in a busy period for the tech industry, the September 23 Microsoft Surface 2 unveiling looks set to be held just days after the September 20 iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C release date and ahead of the September 25 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear release.
Teasing the upcoming Microsoft Surface 2 unveiling earlier in the year, outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated: ““We are working hard to deliver compelling new devices and high value experiences from Microsoft and our partners in the coming months, including new Windows 8.1 tablets and PCs”, said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, as part of the earnings call.”
With Microsoft having incurred a $900 million (£591m) loss thanks to unsold Microsoft Surface RT stock, the company will hope its second-gen tablet is a better performer.