www.Microsoft.com Image of the Surface 2 Tablet by Microsoft
The highly anticipated Surface 2 tablet was unveiled by Microsoft on Sept 23 at an event held in New York. The event was not streamed live online and many of the fans followed the developments on live blogs and live twitter updates from the event!
The Surface 2 comes with a 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD 5 point multi touch screen. The screen renders a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The tablet can be attached to a "Touch Cover," which is a keyboard which doubles back as additional battery.
The device comes with a NVIDIA Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7 GHz Quad core processor. It comes with 2GB RAM, and in terms of storage it comes in 32 GB and 64 GB variants.
The operating system on the Surface 2 is the Windows RT 8.1. The device also come equipped with Microsoft Office 2013 RT versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. Apps for the device can be downloaded from the Windows Store.
In terms of connectivity the device has Bluetooth 4.0 "low energy technology." It also comes equipped with Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n). It has full size USB 3.0, headset jack and HD video out port.
The Surface 2 comes equipped with two cameras, the primary camera is 5 MP and the front facing secondary camera is 3.5 MP. The primary camera allows 1080p video capture. The battery on the device has up to 10 hours of video playback or 7 to 15 days of idle life.
Apps, connectivity and other perks
The notable apps on the device include Internet Explorer 11, Skype, News, Weather, Sports, Travel, Finance, Health and Finance, Food and Drink and SkyDrive.
Microsoft is also offering one year free Skype calls to landlines in more than 60 countries. Skype Wi-Fi will also be unlimited at more than 2 million hotspots across the world.
Users will also get 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years. The feature allows users to store content like music, movies, photos et al online and they can be accessed by the user from their computing device from anywhere.
The release date for the Surface 2 in retail outlets has been confirmed to be Oct 22. The 32 GB variant will be priced at around $449 and the 64 GB variant will be priced at around $549.
Microsoft also launched the Surface Pro 2, at the launch event, Click here to read about the device.