Surface gets a second chance to impress
Microsoft's original Surface and Surface RT are officially a memory at this point, having now been moved aside to make room for the Surface 2 (Windows RT 8.1) and Surface 2 Pro (Windows 8.1), both of which are now available to purchase at Microsoft retail stores and authorized commercial resellers in 21 markets, including the United States. For people living in China, the new Surface products will launch next month.
We've covered these products before, but to quickly recap, the Surface 2 replaces Surface RT and comes with several upgrades. It features an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display, full size USB 3.0 port, 2.5MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera, and is both thinner and lighter than its predecessor. Surface 2 comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT.
For more serious computing needs, the x86-based Surface 2 Pro wields a Haswell-based Core i5 processor, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and 64GB to 512GB of storage. It's much more powerful than the original Surface Pro and supposedly lasts up to 75 percent longer on a single charge.
Surface 2 is available in 32GB and 64GB configurations starting at $449. Surface 2 Pro is available in 64GB and 128GB configurations for the 4GB model, and 256GB and 512GB configurations for the 8GB model, starting at $899. In addition. a bunch of accessories are available to purchase, including various Touch Covers, Power covers, car chargers, a docking station, and more.