PriceThe new Surface 2, which runs on a low-power ARM chip, starts at $529 for the 32 gigabyte (GB) version, not including a snap-on keyboard starting at $139.99. That is on par with Apple`s latest Wi-Fi-only 32GB iPad, which costs $539.
The new Surface Pro 2, which runs on an Intel chip and is aimed more at the business and lightweight laptop markets, starts at $1019 for the 64 GB version, not including a keyboard. Apple`s cheapest 128 GB MacBook Air costs $1099.
Car Charger with USBCar Charger plugs into most cars’ power or lighter ports and charges Surface without the need for an additional adapter.
It also features a USB port to allow simultaneous charging of a phone or other device.
Car Charger will have an estimated retail price of $49.99 and has a projected release date of early 2014.
Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition
This special-edition Arc Touch Mouse has been updated to match the look of Surface. Like other Arc Touch mice, it is designed for comfort and flattens for portability.
It connects via Bluetooth 3.0, freeing Surface’s USB port for use by other devices.
Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition will have an estimated retail price of $69.99 and will be available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 24. Distribution in additional markets is projected to begin in the coming months.
Wireless Adapter for Typing CoversThe Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers connects magnetically to any Touch or Type Cover, letting you type from anywhere in the room using Bluetooth technology, so it is even easier to connect Surface to a TV or monitor and type from another location, such as the couch.
Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers will have an estimated retail price of $59.99.
It will be available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada beginning Sept. 24.
Docking Station for Surface ProThe Docking Station for Surface Pro lets you quickly connect Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 to desktop PC peripherals in a single step, taking you from laptop to desktop in an instant.
While Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 is docked, it can connect with an external monitor, Ethernet, speakers and power supply. PC peripherals connect via its one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports.
The Docking Station for Surface Pro will have an estimated retail price of $199.99 and has a projected release date of early 2014.
Power CoverPower Cover delivers the same great typing experience you get with Type Cover while extending the battery life of your Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 by up to 50 percent to help you make it through that late-night meeting or the entire flight.
Power Cover will have an estimated retail price of $199.99 and has a projected release date of early 2014.
Touch Cover 2Thinner and lighter than the original Touch Cover, measuring only 2.75 mm thin, Touch Cover 2 features backlit keys for even better readability.
Touch Cover 2 is more rigid, registers keystrokes with greater accuracy and features updated sensors that support a variety of gestures across the entire keyboard. Touch Cover 2 has an estimated retail price of $119.99.
It will be available for pre-order on Sept. 24 in all markets where Surface devices are available for pre-order.
Type Cover 2Type Cover 2 features the same super-thin, lightweight design of the original Type Cover, but it’s now backlit and will be available in Cyan, Magenta, Purple and Black in the coming months.
It’s also more rigid, providing a better lap-typing experience, and is designed to be noticeably quieter when striking keys.
Type Cover 2 will have an estimated retail price of $129.99. It will be available for pre-order on Sept. 24 in all markets where Surface devices are available for pre-order.
Surface Pro 2
Surface Pro 2 is the successor to Surface Pro and, like its predecessor it is capable of running virtually all your Windows software including the full Microsoft Office suite, as well as apps from the Windows Store. Surface Pro 2 offers the portability and simplicity of a tablet when you want it and the power and flexibility of a laptop when you need it.
It is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor which, combined with other improvements, delivers increased performance and up to 75 percent longer battery life than Surface Pro.
Starting at $899, Surface Pro 2 will be offered in 64GB and 128GB configurations with 4 GB of RAM and 256GB and 512GB configurations with 8 GB of RAM.
Surface 2Surface 2 offers all the entertainment and gaming capabilities you expect from a tablet. Surface 2 is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, with battery life up to 10 hours for video playback. The 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display now renders 1080p video for enjoying shows and movies, and its full-size USB port has been upgraded to USB 3.0 for up to four times faster file transfers. Camera resolution has also increased, with a 3.5-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera, both capable of capturing 1080p video.
Surface 2 is slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
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. Surface 2 is pre-loaded with Office Home & Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT.
Surface 2 is available in 32GB and 64GB configurations; it will start at $449.
Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2
Microsoft has breathed new life into its tablet series by unveiled the second generation of the Surface — Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro.
Microsoft has tried to craft into its Surface a smooth transition between home, work and the field. So, Microsoft doesn`t want this device to just replace your tablet and laptop, but your office PC as well!
It may be tricky to categories the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 as mere tablets. Even though thy come with touch-screen keyboards like regular tablets, they work best when attached to an optional cover with a keyboard on the inside.
The slick wireless mouse designed for the tablets is helpful, too, as is the docking station created to go with the Pro version of Surface.
The result is something that looks more like a laptop than an iPad or Android tablet. And that`s what Microsoft wants, calling its tablets the most productive on the market.
Let’s take a sneak peek inside the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.