Microsoft announced the new and improved Surface 2. This was after the company came out and lead the event by unveiling the Surface Pro 2. Similar to the Pro 2, the next generation Surface RT didn’t change anything major with the hardware as it kept the same 10.6-inch display and overall look. However the hardware did get thinner, lighter, and faster compared to the original Surface tablet.
The latest features to come to the Surface 2, include the following:
- 1080p ClearType display
- 10 hours of video playback
- Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor
- 2GB RAM, 32GB and 64GB storage
- USB 3.0 port
- 3.5-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera
- Windows 8.1 OS
Surface 2’s 32GB and 64GB variants are priced at $449 and $549 respectively. This time customers get to choose between black and its new silver color option. The Surface 2 will ship with Windows RT 8.1, bringing improvements in key areas such as personalization, search, multitasking, built-in apps, the Windows Store experience and cloud connectivity.
That being said, it is important for Microsoft to turn things around with this second generation RT after the debacle that was the original model. Where the company saw itself net $853 million in revenue, while selling less than 2 million RT’s for the entire fiscal year. It’s no secret that the company is having a hard time moving these tablets, however, judging by the price of the new RT Microsoft has yet to learn its lesson with a proper entry-level into an already crowded tablet market.
It’ll be hard for consumers to turn down an iPad mini or Nexus 7 tablet for the more expensive Surface 2.
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