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Microsoft has expanded its range of tablet products, with the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 officially unveiled running Windows 8.1.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Microsoft has updated its range of own-branded tablets, with the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 officially unveiled alongside the cheaper Surface 2.

Landing a year after the company’s original tablet offering, the new Microsoft Surface Pro 2 has been bestowed with improvements across the board, with a faster processor lining up alongside improved graphics and a more accurate display.

"We've been working on the second generation of products for the good part of 18 to 24 months,” Microsoft’s Vice President of Surface, Panos Panay, said in unveiling the tablets. "When you have a product that people really understand, you have to put more energy into that. Reinventing the wheel is not the goal, making it better is."

Microsoft Surface 2 Features

A replacement to the Surface RT, the Microsoft Surface 2 is powered by Windows 8.1 RT and sports a thinner and lighter form factor than its predecessor.

Sporting a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display with a 1080p Full HD resolution, Microsoft has stated that the second-generation tablet’s screen benefits from 46 per cent more accurate colours than its predecessor.

With cameras front and back, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2’s 5-megapixel rear-mounted camera is backed up by a 3.5-megapixel secondary snapper up front. On a connectivity front, the new Surface 2 still leads the pack, with a full-size USB 3.0 lining up alongside the usual array of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 options. A claimed 10 hour battery life rounds off the Microsoft Surface 2 specs sheet alongside a pre-installed copy of Office 2013.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Features

Still intent on bringing the tablet fight to the likes of the iPad 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the newly unveiled Surface Pro 2 has seen Microsoft come out all guns blazing, with a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor now at the heart of the device.

Targeting a more professional than consumer market, the Windows 8.1 powered Microsoft Surface Pro 2’s improved processor will put many laptops to shame, the manufacturer has suggested. "The Surface Pro 2 is faster -- literally -- than 95 percent of laptops in the market today. It's a full PC,” Panay stated.

Set to land in both 64GB and 128GB storage options alongside 4GB of RAM, further Microsoft Surface Pro 2 configurations will see 256GB and 512GB capacity devices boast a whopping 8GB of RAM.

Bundled with a Pro Pen stylus, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 adds a revised dual-angle kickstand to the mix for a wider range of usage options. Building on the original model’s 22-degree standing angle, the Surface Pro 2 has added a 55-degree angle of tilt.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 connectivity options see a trio of USB 2.0 ports included alongside a single USB 3.0 connection, Ethernet and a mini DisplayPort connector.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Release Date and Price

Set to hit retailer around the expected iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 release, Microsoft has confirmed that a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 release date will be held on October 22, the same day as the Surface 2. While the basic Surface 2 price has been set at £359, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 prices will start from a lofty £719.

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Matthew Bunton

September 23, 2013, 4:36 pm

I would really like a Surface Pro 2 but that price is just too much. I doubt that these will sell any better than the last 2.

You could build a good gaming PC for that price.


September 23, 2013, 4:47 pm

Need to do better than 1080p screens... they're available in phones now!


September 23, 2013, 4:48 pm

Looks brilliant, while I've still got a original RT, albeit for £270, there just seems to be sure much potential for the Pro 2, since I consider the RT to be perfect apart from the subpar screen and the lack of full windows.


September 23, 2013, 4:49 pm

The thing about the Pro 2 is that it's just a much smaller ultra book, hence the price


September 23, 2013, 6:22 pm

I just don't get Win RT though. I mean, who actually uses the desktop mode? Maybe to transfer/move files, but otherwise, what really is the point?


September 23, 2013, 6:22 pm

and its not an ultrabook as it doesn't use Intel processors.

Jon Souter

September 23, 2013, 8:04 pm

Except that the Surface Pro 2 does use an Intel processor, the latest Haswell i5 no less.

Looks like an interesting bit of kit. This combined with a Wacom Cintiq 13HD could make the perfect mobile design toolkit - with both fitting inside a single 17" laptop rucksack.

Jon Souter

September 23, 2013, 8:22 pm

I can find uses for this that justify the cost. You really need to consider this device in conjunction with other desirable slimline premium work/creative devices like the MacBook Air / Lenovo Yoga / Samsung Ativ Book 9 / etc to understand where the Surface Pro 2 is aimed at.

You're right that you can build a gaming rig for the same money, but many users of a Surface Pro 2 will be doing so whilst they earn money, rather than playing - and in trades where high-spec mobility for Pro Level software is well worth the premium.

Stan Goodvibes

September 23, 2013, 11:32 pm

apparently it's pretty good for gaming and there is a docking station (coming) that will let you use a gaming keyboard and mouse and big screen.

With the bonus that you aren't lugging around a massive gaming box and screen when you just want to browse the net at starbucks...

Stan Goodvibes

September 23, 2013, 11:34 pm

"fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor" (haswell).

Emphasis on the word "Intel" in the above sentence...


September 27, 2013, 3:33 pm

Your average user could nearly do all computing on Surface 2. Full suite of office and ability to plug in to larger monitor at home. Amazing visual for movies on go

and perfect for student. mu surface rt replaced my laptop (not intentionally). After i purchased realized how practical, easy and fun. After hearing from a friend of mine who tested the surface pro 2, I will admit this seems like an amazibg device. However, he also raved about Surface 2 updates.

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