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Microsoft updated its Surface tablet line-up

During the special event in New York, Microsoft Corporation presented two new tablets of the second generation – Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Company kept the ARM version of the device working under control of Windows RT, but cleaned the letters "RT" from its name: now it is called Surface 2. The second tablet is called as before - a Surface Pro, and numeral "2" also appeared in its name.

 

Surface 2 is equipped with quad-core 1.7 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, (in Surface RT clock frequency was 1,3 GHz) and more powerful graphics.  The new chip possesses the improved power consumption - thanks to it, working time of the tablet increased from 7,5 to 10 hours.  The volume of RAM remains the same (2 GB).

Device received new10,6-inch display - now its resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels. As well as the tablet of the first generation, Surface 2 has the full-size USB port, but now it supports USB 3 technology.

The new tablet is equipped with the improved folding leg which can occupy not one, but two various positions.

The body of Surface 2 made from a magnesium alloy, and its back cover is silvery.  Besides, the Windows logo from back part was cleaned; instead of it we can see the device name.  Thickness of a tablet was reduced from 9,4 mm to 8,9 mm, and weight - from 680 g to 676 g.

As for Surface Pro, the last year's tablet was equipped with the Intel Core i5 processor of the third generation with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and 4 GB of RAM.  New Surface Pro 2 received the Intel Core i5 processor of the fourth generation (architecture of Haswell) with Intel HD Graphics 4400.  Depending on configuration, the volume of RAM can be 4 or 8 GB.  Also the configuration that includes 512 Gb of SSD storage is available.  Microsoft claims that the new model of the tablet is 20% faster than the previous model.

The display of Surface Pro 2 remains the same –10.6-inches screen with resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels, and the capacity of the battery is 4200 mAh too. However, according to Microsoft, thanks to the new processor, working time of the tablet increased for 60%.

Sales of new tablets in the USA and other 20 countries are planned to start in October 22.

The Surface 2 will cost $449 for model with 32 GB of memory, $459 - for 64 GB version.

Surface Pro 2 will be available for $899 for the version with SSD storage and 4 GB of RAM.

New tablets come with Windows RT 8.1/Windows 8.1. Also customers will get free access to 200 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage for 2 years period.

Besides new tablets, the corporation presented new accessories, including Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 keyboard covers, as well as Power Cover cover keyboard with the built-in battery.


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