Microsoft Unveils New Surface Tablets - Quick Facts
(RTTNews.com) - Software giant Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) unveiled its next generation of Windows-powered Surface tablets.
It said that two new Surface models, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2,along with an expanded portfolio of new Surface accessories, will be available at its retail stores, its website and select third-party retailers in 22 initial markets, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States on October 22 and China in early November.
The company also said that additional markets will be announced in the coming months.
According to the company, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 each benefit from significant updates, including improvements to processing power and battery life, to display and camera resolution. Enhancements in Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro make Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 even more powerful and customizable.
The company said that Surface 2 is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, making apps run faster and smoother and increasing battery life to up to 10 hours for video playback. The 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display now renders 1080p video for enjoying shows and movies, and its full-size USB port has been upgraded to USB 3.0 for up to four times faster file transfers. Surface 2 is available in 32GB and 64GB configurations. It will start at $449.
Surface Pro 2 is the successor to Surface Pro. It is capable of running virtually all Windows software including the full Microsoft Office suite, as well as apps from the Windows Store. It is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor which, combined with other improvements, delivers increased performance and up to 60 percent longer battery life than Surface Pro. Starting at $899, Surface Pro 2 will be offered in 64GB and 128GB configurations with 4 GB of RAM and 256GB and 512GB configurations with 8 GB of RAM.
The company noted that customers can pre-order Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 starting at 8 a.m. EDT on September 24, 2013, at its website, its Stores, and Best Buy in the U.S. and Canada, as well as select retailers in most Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch markets.
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