Microsoft Surface 2

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.

Cons

  • The camera lacks flash

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Display

Size: 10.6 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 208 PPI
Technology: IPS LCD
Screen-to-body: 65.41 %
Touchscreen: Capacitive, Multi-touch
Features: Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor

Hardware

System chip: NVIDIA Tegra 4 T114
Processor: Quad-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15, 28 nm
GPU: Yes
RAM: 2GB LPDDR3
Internal storage: 32GB
Storage expansion: microSDXC
Device type: Tablet
OS: Windows (RT 8.1) Screenshots

Battery

Type: Not user replaceable

Camera

Rear: Single camera Camera samples
Main camera: 5 MP (Autofocus)
Video recording: 1920x1080 (Full HD)
Front: 3.5 MP
Dimensions: 10.81 x 6.79 x 0.35 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm)
Weight: 23.84 oz (675.8 g)

Multimedia

Headphones: 3.5mm jack
Speakers: Loudspeaker
Features: Album art cover, Background playback
Screen mirroring: TV-out
Additional microphone(s): for Noise cancellation, Video recording

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

Buyers information

Price: $ 449
Warranty period: 12 Months

Availability

Officially announced: Sep 23, 2013
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Alternative variants

Microsoft Surface 2 64GB

Differences from the main variant:
Internal storage: 64GB
Price: $ 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
Location: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass

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