26 September 2013

Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple’s iPad

Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple’s iPad


Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple’s iPad

Posted: 25 Sep 2013 09:20 AM PDT

Microsoft has launched its next version Surface Tablets; Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. While Surface 2 starts at $449, Surface Pro 2 starts at $899. These tablets have the same screen size as their former version, measuring 10.6-inches diagonally. Both offer 200GB of free online storage through SkyDrive for two years along with a yearlong free calls and Wi-Fi hot-spots through Skype. The sale begins on October 22.

Microsoft's previous venture in the Tablet market failed to make any dents because of the tough competition posed by its nemesis Apple which sold 34 million iPads last year while Microsoft Surface sales racked up only $853 million in sales while generating a $900 million charge for unsold inventory.
Thus the company has re-launched the revamped version of the tablet series with hopes to gain strong foothold in the coming year's tablet market.

 
Here are the key features of the two tablets.

 
Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple's iPadSurface 2
Surface 2 is a remake of the previous Surface RT tablets and it runs on the updated version of Windows 8.1 which is a down-sized version of Windows 8 for ARM-based chips. IT is powered by Nvidia Tegra 4 (T40) quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It has 2GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage space. The HD screen supports 1080 pixel resolution and the device is built with a 3.5 MP front camera and 5MP rear camera which can capture 1080p video. The device has a full-sized USB port that supports USB 3.0. It also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microHDMI port and provides up to 10 hours of battery life.
Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple's iPadSurface Pro 2
Surface Pro 2 is powered a Fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, with Intel Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz. It has Intel HD Graphics 4400 chip and comes in 64GB and 128GB configurations with 4 GB RAM, as well as 256GB and 512GB configurations with 8 GB RAM. It runs on Windows 8.1 Pro and the device comes with a Stylus called Surface Pen. On the camera front, Pro has 720p HD front and rear-facing cameras. Other features include a Full-size USB 3.0 port, MicroSD card slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Keyboard covers
Keyboard covers for both the devices will come at an additional price. Touch Cover 2 costs $120, which has working, printed keyboard on the inside surface and the keys don't move when pushed. Type Cover 2 costs $130, which has keys that move. Early next year, Microsoft will also be launching a new Power Cover with a built-in spare battery that will cost about $200. Additionally, a $200 docking station will also be launched and will work only with Pro models, including the older one already out.

The one thing that Microsoft's tablet still doesn't support is 3G and 4G connectivity which is looked upon as a major drawback as these devices are aimed at enterprise users.

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