As we expected, during an invitation only even on September 23rd, 2013, Microsoft announced the next generation of its Windows Tablets, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and the Microsoft Surface 2 (a.k.a. Surface RT). Both Windows tablets have receive improvements in performance and features. Both tablets have a release date of October 22nd, 2013. Both tablets will be available for pre-order at 8am on September 24, 2013. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 will start at $899 and the Surface RT will start at $449. See additional information about these Windows Tablets after the break.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Specs
Below you will find what we know so far about the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 specs. If you want to see the technical specifications of the Microsoft Surface RT, I’ll put that up in a separate post.
- Model(s): Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Windows Tablet
- Operating System: Windows 8.1 64 bit
- Processor: Intel Haswell i5 1.6GHz
- Memory: 4GB-8GB of Ram
- Hard Drive/Storage: 64GB-512GB of Storage
- Display: 10.6 inch, 1920×1080 display
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
- Connectivity: 802.11 WiFi, Bluetooth
- Audio: Speakers, Microphone, Headphone Jack
- Cameras: 720p front facing, rear facing cameras
- Ports: USB 3.0
- Battery: 7 Hours of Battery Life
- Dimensions: 0.53 inches
- Weight: 2 lbs
- Accessories: Included Stylus Pen. Optional Keyboard Cover and Docking Station.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Release Date
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 release date will be October 22, 2013, less than a month away from today. When it goes on sale, it will be available in 21 markets. The release date of the Microsoft Surface docking station is currently listed as “early 2014” on Microsoft’s web site.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Pre-Order Info
If you are interested in pre-ordering one of the new Surface tablets, you don’t have to wait long. Microsoft Surface Pro 2 pre-orders starts tomorrow, September 24th at 8am ET. Head over to the Microsoft Store to order one.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Price
There’s a couple ways to look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 price. If you think about the Surface Pro 2 as a competitor of the iPad and top Android tablets, the $899 would seem to be way too expensive. A new iPad starts at only $499. If you would consider a previous model or a refurbished unit, you can get an iPad for even cheaper. The best Android Tablets sell at around the same price point as the iPad. Clearly the Surface Pro 2 cannot compete with tablets that are so much cheaper.
However, if you consider what the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 really is- a laptop computer with an optional, detachable keyboard, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 price isn’t so bad. In fact, the $899 price compares pretty well with similarly configured Ultrabook Laptops. Assuming the Surface Pro 2 delivers on Microsoft’s promises of improved performance and battery life, I can see the Surface Pro 2 as a compelling device, even with its relatively expensive price tag.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Review
I will be pre-ordering the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tomorrow at 8am. I will post several articles and videos about the device, including a detailed review. To get notified when we post a review, follow us on Twitter or on YouTube. My Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review is going to be awesome (I just hope the tablet is awesome 🙂 ).
My initial impression of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2? I like it! One of the biggest grips I had with the original Surface Pro was the sub par battery life. Microsoft estimates that the Surface Pro 2 will get 75% more battery life. Coupled with the new Power Cover that contains its own battery, the Surface Pro 2 should get 2.5x its own battery life. This will give me the powerful, long lasting Windows Tablet I’ve been waiting for! I’ll be pre-ordering the Power Cover as well.
I’m also very interested in purchasing the Surface Docking Station (or two). Too bad it doesn’t ship until next year.
Is the Surface Pro expensive? Yes. Is it cool? Yes!!! I can’t wait to receive mine.
Are you going to order the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Windows Tablet? Please share in the comments section below your reasons for, or against, buying the Surface Pro 2.