Microsoft’s take on tablets – Surface 2

All the details about Microsoft’s next generation tablet, the Surface 2

Microsoft couldn’t stay far from the tablet business, so they give it a shot with the Surface brand. Unfortunately, the first generation, called Surface RT wasn’t what most people was expecting, especially because the operating system was depending on the Windows Store, about which we know that it lacks a great number of apps, making the tablet too limited. But this is now a thing from the past, since yesterday, Microsoft introduced the successor of the RT tablet, called simple, Surface 2. Aiming directly to the iPad’s market, the tablet seems to be more refined than the previous generation. Let’s see what it can do.

Microsoft Surface 2

Visually, there’s not a big difference, compared with the original Surface RT. Microsoft has added new colors, as the Surface 2 debuted in a silver edition, with a black bezel around the 10.6 inches 1080p screen and another silver trim, extending around the rest of the device. The Windows logo from the back of the tablet has been replace with the Surface wordmark, a sign that Microsoft is taking the branding process very serious. We’ve added the Surface logo. You’re using a Surface, you want people to know you’re using a surface, Microsoft’s Panos Panay said at the launch event. The speaker grills are now larger, while the keyboard connector has some extra contact points. Otherwise, no significant differences. In terms of design, that is.

If we pop the hood, we can find some serious horsepower. The Surface 2 is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 ARM-based processor and 2 GB of RAM, which give the feeling of a turbo car, if we keep it in horsepower terms. Honestly, I was expecting to see the Snapdragon 800, considering the company’s relationship with Nokia and Windows Phone, but Nvidia has been one of their partners from the beginning. And I ain’t even mad at them for using the Tegra 4.

The storage doesn’t seem to be much of a problem, since the Surface 2 comes with 200 GB of SkyDrive storage, which is more than enough for a tablet, if you ask me. Not to mention that cloud storage is 100% safe. Bonus point for Microsoft from this point of view.

The tablet also comes with two cameras: 3.5 MP for the front and 5 for the back snapper. There’s also USB 3.0 connectivity and a battery which grants 10 hours of video playback.

Unfortunately, the Surface 2 has a problem. A pretty big one, just like the first model. Windows RT it’s still not what users are looking fore, even though the 8.1 RT edition fixed some serious holes and added extra-functionality. It’s the number of apps that we don’t like. If you can get over this, yeah, the Surface 2 seems the perfect alternative to the iPad.

So if you’re one of those who are looking for a new tablet, you should know that the pre-orders open on September 24, with prices starting from $449 for the 32 GB model and reaching $549 for the 64 GB one. This would make a perfect Christmas gift, isn’t it?

Curious about the first generation of the Surface? Why not check our review then? 

 

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