Microsoft will unpack the new editions of its Surface tablet Sept. 23 in New York City, according to a number of reports.
Surface 2 chatter has picked up considerably in the past few days and it appears the company is prepping an announcement for later this month, readying new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets as upgrades to the existing models. However, according to a report in The Verge, the vendor will not be rolling out a Surface mini as previously rumored but is expected to show off a new Surface docking station and a new Power Cover.
- Microsoft will drop the “RT” branding from Surface 2 although the device will run on Windows RT 8.1
- Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will include a two-stage kickstand with the general design of both tablets staying about the same
- The Surface Pro 2 processor will be upgraded to Intel's (INTC) new Haswell chip
- For Surface Pro 2, Haswell is expected to add two hours of battery time
- Some Surface Pro 2 units will ship with 8GB of RAM on board
- Surface 2 will feature a 1080p display (1920x1080) and run on Nvidia’s (NVDA) Tegra 4 chip
- Surface 2 battery life will be about eight hours
- A new Power Cover both for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will extend battery life with a built-in extra battery in the keyboard
Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows chimed in with some additional details:
- The Surface 2 screen will measure 10.6 inches, will weigh 1.5 pounds (as did Surface RT) and will be .37 inches thick (also the same as Surface RT)
- Additional features includes front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, full-sized USB 3.0 port, micro-SD expansion up to 64 GB, HD video-out port, and Office Home & Student 2013 RT with Outlook RT
At this point, the primary unanswered question on the new Surface 2 is price—will Microsoft stay with the current $349 price or go back to the initial kick off $499 figure? We’ll know soon enough.