Microsoft Surface 2

Announced:
Sep 23, 2013
Status:
Released
Release date:
Oct 22, 2013

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0
Read Full Review

Display

Size:

10.6 inches

Resolution:

1080 x 1920 pixels, 208 PPI

Technology:

IPS LCD

Screen-to-body:

65.41 %

Features:

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor

Hardware & Performance

System chip:

NVIDIA Tegra 4 T114

Processor:

Quad-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15, 28 nm

GPU:

Yes

RAM:

2GB

Internal storage:

32GB

Storage expansion:

microSDXC

OS:

Windows (RT 8.1)

Battery

Type:

Not user replaceable

Camera

Rear:

Single camera

Main camera:

5 MP

Features:

Autofocus

Video recording:

1920x1080 (Full HD)

Front:

3.5 MP

Design

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 (427 g)

Multimedia

Headphones:

3.5mm jack

Features:

Album art cover, Background playback

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth:

4.0

Wi-Fi:

802.11 a, b, g, n, dual-band; Multiple antennas, MIMO

USB:

Full-size USB, USB 3.0

Sensors:

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass

Other:

OTA sync

Phone features

Notifications:

Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone

Other features:

Voice recording

Shopping information

Warranty period:

12 Months

MSRP:

$ 449

ALTERNATIVE VARIANTS

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

Microsoft Surface 2 64GB

Differences from the main variant:

Internal storage:

64GB

MSRP:

$ 549

Microsoft Surface 2 LTE

for AT&T

Differences from the main variant:

LTE (FDD):

Bands 17(700 b), 5(850), 4(AWS-1), 2(1900), 7(2600)

UMTS:

850, 1900, 2100 MHz

Data Speed:

LTE, HSPA, HSUPA 2 Mbit/s

Cons

  • The camera lacks flash
  • Lacks GPS

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.

Do you ...?

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

LET US KNOW.

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless