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Microsoft Surface 2

Announced
Sep 23, 2013
Market status
Released
Release date
Oct 22, 2013

Pros

  • Quad core processor
  • Lots of RAM (2048 MB RAM)

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (208 ppi)
  • Battery is not user replaceable
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Lacks global positioning system (GPS)

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Description

Microsoft Surface 2 is a new tablet that comes to succeed last year's Surface RT. That's right, Microsoft is keeping Windows RT around, and so the Surface 2 will be powered by the updated Windows RT 8.1 OS. Rather than treating us to some kind of a complete redesign, Microsoft is keeping all the good stuff about the Surface RT and has upgraded the device where necessary. With a slightly thinner and lighter design, the Surface 2 will also sport a much better 10.6" screen, upping the resolution from 1366 x 768 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels - a much-needed improvement. Under the hood, the Surface 2 will be powered by the new Tegra 4 chipset (the Surface RT had Tegra 3). Unfortunately, Tegra 4 hasn't seen much spotlight as far as smartphones are concerned, but it's slowly and steadily grabbing chunks of market share when it comes to tablets. A nice extra that Microsoft is going to bundle with the Surface 2 is called "Best of Skype". Basically, new Surface 2 owners will gain access to one year of free Skype Wi-Fi hotspots, as well as one year of free international Skype calls. What's more, users will also get 200 GB of free Skydrive storage.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Tablet
  • OS:
    • PopupWindows (RT 8.1)
  • Dimensions:
    • 10.81 x 6.79 x 0.35 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 23.84 oz (676 g)
      the average is 15 oz (429 g)

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 10.6 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 208 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Camera

  • Camera:
      • Popup5 megapixels
    • Features:
      • PopupAutofocus
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD)
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 3.5 megapixels

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • NVIDIA Tegra 4 (T40)
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Quad core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15
  • Graphics processor:
      • Yes
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 2048 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Battery

  • Stand-by time:
    • 15.0 days (360 hours)
      the average is 32 days (763 h)
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

MultimediaPopup

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Speakers:
    • Loudspeaker

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
      • Internet Explorer 11

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
  • USB:
      • USB 3.0
    • Connector:
      • Full-size USB
  • Other:
    • TV-Out, OTA sync
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Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Additional microphone(s):
      • for Noise cancellation, Video recording
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
    • Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 23 Sep 2013

Shopping information

  • Warranty period:
    • 12 Months
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 449

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.


Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Microsoft Surface 2 64GB


Differences:
  • Built-in storage:
    • 64 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 549

Microsoft Surface 2 LTE

(for AT&T)
Differences:
  • Data:
    • LTE

Despite our efforts to provide full and correct Microsoft Surface 2 specifications, there is always a possibility of making a mistake. If you see any wrong or incomplete data, please LET US KNOW.


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