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Microsoft on Monday introduced the world to the second generation of its Surface tablet family. According to Microsoft, the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 both pack “significant” improvements in everything from processing power to battery life.
Significant perhaps, but surprising the updates are definitely not, with most, if not all, of the improvements and new accessories having been rumored over the last few months. Predictably, where the Surface 2 runs Windows 8.1 RT and packs an Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC, the Surface Pro 2 runs Windows 8.1 and boasts a 4th generation Intel Core i5 chip.
The Surface 2 has a silver magnesium chassis, full HD display, 3.5-megapixel front camera, 5-megapixel rear camera and a USB 3.0 port. According to Microsoft, the Surface 2 is capable of lasting up to 10 hours on a single charge. The Windows RT-toting tablet will be available in 32GB and 64GB versions.
The much more powerful Surface Pro 2 will be available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB configurations, with the first two models packing 4GB of RAM and the latter two having 8GB of RAM. Per Microsoft, the Haswell chip inside the Pro 2 not only delivers a performance boost, but also up to 75 percent longer battery life.
Scheduled to begin shipping on October 22, 2013, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will soon be available for pre-order, starting at $499 and $899, respectively.
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