Microsoft Surface 2 release date and price announced, Pro model starts at $899

Microsoft Surface 2 release date and price announced, Pro model starts at $899
We've been there hundreds of times already: a hot new gadget is announced, the crowd applauds, and then comes the long wait until the product actually hits the shelves. And if you've got your mind set on getting a Surface 2 tablet, then you'll be able to grab one in no less than a month from now. The Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 release date is set for October 22, with online pre-orders for both models scheduled to begin at 8:00 tomorrow (Sep. 24). At launch, the tablets will be available in 21 countries.

As far as pricing is concerned, the Microsoft Surface 2 starts at $449 – that's for the base model equipped with 32GB of native storage. The 64GB variant will set you back a bit more, presumably $459, judging by how the first-gen Surface RT was priced. Speaking of which, last year's Surface RT tablet will remain on sale for $349.

Those who demand a bit more power out of their Windows 8 tablet, however, may consider grabbing a Microsoft Surface Pro 2. Of course, it is also more expensive than the RT model, starting at $899. That gets you 64GB of SSD storage and 4GB of RAM. A fully loaded Microsoft Surface Pro 2, packing a 512GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM is expected to retail for $1799. The gap between these variants will be filled by two Microsoft Surface Pro 2 options, with 128GB SSD/4GB of RAM and 256GB SSD/8GB of RAM. Their prices aren't known right now.

So yeah, if you want a Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, then visit the company's online store tomorrow morning. Just make sure you've read our news about the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 prior to taking out your credit card.

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Surface Pro 2
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
Surface 2
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 3.5 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 4, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB

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23 Comments

1. Gulenkov

Posts: 50; Member since: May 15, 2013

Wery good tablet... But overpriced a lot

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The Surface Pro is essentially a Ultra book in a tablet form factor.. Ultra books cost well over $1000, so how is this to expensive❔ Remember that Surface Pro is a different level of tablet compared to what Android tablets, and iPads are capable of... You get what you pay for, and if you want the smallest sleekest, lightest PC it's gonna have a premium price... You guys need to put into perspective what the Surface pro really is..

18. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

how is this too expensive? because ultrabooks give you a LOT more performance for $1000.

17. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Yeah. It's hilariously expensive, so far as prohibitive. You can get much more value for the cost. the reason for tablets was competitive pricing, and this isn't it.

22. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The reason for tablets was because people didnt want to lug around a laptop as it was bulky and hard to hold. Even ultrabooks arent that portable if you think about it. The laptop shape was not for ultra-portability. The reason for tables IS NOT competitive pricing

2. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

DOA. When will they learn that no one gives a crap about these overpriced slates made by Microsoft themselves when you could A. Buy or create a super desktop with specs that absolutely destroy these or B. Buy or create a Laptop that will have equal or better specs that embarrass these. I know one thing. I personally could never justify my purchase of this.

4. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

If you need 'crushing' specs, you shouldn't be looking for a tablet in first place. A super desktop with specs bla bla bla weights 11 pounds. Why'd someone compare this to a tablet?

20. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Indeed.

3. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

Overpriced, it seems they are going Apple way. i am not an iFan, but atleast the Harware quality of iProducts is way better than any of their competitors

16. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

So are you saying something is wrong with the hardware quality of the surface pro? On what planet do you get a brand new haswell processor and an ssd in that form factor for any less? You don't expect them to sell at a loss do you?

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The Surface Pro is the most advanced tablet in the world.. It is not to be compared with a iPad, or Android tablet.. This is a different kind of device, so it's priced accordingly....

7. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Cut $100 in price of surface 2 ($349)...and I would consider buying it. Surface Pro 2 is way heavy...to use as a tablet.

9. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The Surface pro 2 is lighter than the previous surface pro, and unless you have some debilitating health issue a grown man shouldn't be complaining about ounces..

12. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

well...its not just about weight of surface pro 2...but it's weight compare to other tablets and weight distrubution...I have held surface RT and Surface Pro and iPad4 back to back and felt Surface pro is heavy...had it been I never held light tablet (Surface RT or iPad)...i would never realize Surface Pro is heavy!!! Hope this help you understand.

15. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

It's weight compared to other tablets is not an issue, for the simple reason that the surface pro market and the ipad market are completely different. Your mistake is equating the pro to an ipad. They are completely different. One is a powerful ultra-book, the other is just your average runoff-the-mill tablet.

19. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...point of surface pro is to have a ultra-book like functionality in tablet form...so size and weight comparison is justified...MS could have used Y-series haswell chip to reduce size, weight and achieve fanless design...cant understand why they went with chip with 15w tdp.

23. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

-_- heavy? really? the smallest amount people could call heavy would be >2.5kg. Im so pissed off at people saying its too heavy. Same with phones. Why do you want a super light phone anyways or a super light tablet? It's not like people call alot nowadays and youll probably have the tablet on your lap or on the table most of the time.

8. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

People just don't get that Intel core comes at a price. The chip alone costs many times more than what the A7X in the upcoming iPad does. For example, the snapdragon 800 in the new Note 10.1 costs less than 50$, yet providing a perfectly sufficient performance for every task it can do. Microsoft can only dream about gaining market share with products like this. The math just don't work

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

Either that's a typo or Phone Arena thinks the 64GB edition will cost only $10 more than the 32GB edition.

11. papss unregistered

For the pro I'm going to upgrade mine next month as a early Christmas present lol

13. Q1Q10

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Anybody know the clock speed of the tegra 4. If its a high clock speed i might consider it but if it's anything below 1.7, forget it. Hopefully they can get the clock at the max of tegra 4 of 1.9

14. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Overpriced. They won't Pierce any markets with a price like that.

21. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

The last time I checked, samsung was selling the 16GB wifi version of the galaxy Note 10.1 for $499 (where I live anyway), making it $50 more expensive than the Surface 2. Let's also not forget that the Note 10.1 has half the amount of storage, no MS Office suite, and most importantly, no software support beyond 18 months (something a lot of the android fanboys oftwn forget).

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