Microsoft Reveals Surface Pro 2: Intel Haswell Processor, 512GB Option, Can Cost Up To $1800

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Surface Pro 2

Microsoft today revealed their next generation Surface Pro device called Surface Pro 2. The main improvement over the current generation model is the processor. Surface Pro 2 is now powered by latest Intel Haswell processors which improves performance and battery life over previous generation processors.

Surface Pro 2 is the successor to Surface Pro and, like its predecessor, is a true laptop replacement, capable of running 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 60 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.

To help people get the most out of Surface Pro 2, customers purchasing the device will receive free Skype calling to landlines in more than 60 countries for one year, unlimited Skype WiFi on their Surface Pro 2 at more than 2 million hot spots worldwide for one year and 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years.

 

 Top features and benefits

 

  1. More than a tablet. Unlike other tablets, you can knock out longer emails by clicking in a Touch Cover or Type Cover. The sturdy Kickstand now features two positions, making Surface Pro 2 comfortable to use on your lap or at a desk. With a full-size USB port, it’s easy to transfer pictures or connect to other devices.
  2. Performance of a laptop. With a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Surface Pro 2 provides incredibly fast performance and up to 60 percent more battery life, so you can do more on a single charge.
  3. All the programs you need. Surface Pro 2 is compatible with virtually all your favorite Windows software, including the entire Microsoft Office suite.2 With Windows 8.1 Pro, you can download apps from the Windows Store and use them side by side with snap view.
  4. Write, draw and create. Surface Pro 2 includes the Surface pen that is pressure-sensitive and precise so you can get creative with drawing and note-taking. The pen makes it easy to mark up your presentations, PDFs and documents just like you would on paper.
  5. Use Skype everywhere. With front- and rear-facing 720p cameras, you can take photos and have crystal-clear video chat. Surface Pro 2 now comes with unlimited worldwide calling to landlines in more than 60 countries around the world and unlimited Skype Wi-Fi for one year.

 

Specs

 

Operating

system

Windows 8.1 Pro with one-month trial for new Microsoft Office 365 customers

Exterior

10.81” x 6.81” x 0.53” 
2 lbs
VaporMg casing
Dark Titanium color
Volume and power buttons

Storage

64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB3

Display

10.6″ ClearType Full HD display
1920 x 1080p
16:9 (widescreen)
10-point multitouch

Pen input

Pen input and pen (included with purchase)

Pen digitizer features 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity

CPU

Fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4200U (1.6 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 4400
4 GB or 8 GB of RAM — dual-channel LPDDR3

TPM 1.2 (Trusted Platform Module – for Bitlocker Encryption)

Wireless

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology

Battery

42 W-h

Cameras and A/V

720p HD front- and rear-facing cameras
Built-in microphone 
Stereo speakers with enhanced signal processing

Ports

Full-size USB 3.0
MicroSDXC card slot
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort 
Cover port

Sensors

Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Magnetometer

Power supply

48W power supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging)

Warranty

One-year limited hardware warranty

Apps (included)

Mail, Calendar, People, Internet Explorer 11, Photos, Music, Video, Games, Skype, Fresh Paint, Calculator, Reading List, Reader, Scan, News, Weather, Sports, Travel, Finance, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Help, Camera, SkyDrive, Sound Recorder and more

 

Availability and pricing

 

Starting at $899 (ERP), Surface Pro will be available online at http://www.surface.com and at Microsoft Stores and select retail locations starting Oct. 22.

 

Surface Pro

Estimated retail price

64 GB + Surface pen

$899

128 GB + Surface pen

$999

256 GB + Surface pen

$1,299

512 GB + Surface pen1

$1,799

 

About Author

Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

  • DKJr

    I’m in for the 256GB version, can’t wait! Hope for that price it comes with a free Type Cover 2.

    • Chirag

      I dont think so. But I hope too :)

  • wessam

    Without 3G port again

  • Rikikrik

    LTE is on the way

  • Yuan Taizong

    This is one of the best ultrabooks on the market ¿wait…? ¡¿It’s a Tablet-P.C.?! :-O
    This is awesome, probably the best Tablet-P.C. ever made (’till date).

  • JReuben1

    Well priced for a 2 position kickstand – it supports both 22 & 55 degree angles !

  • Eddy

    Microsoft’s subtly updated Windows 8.1 tablet feels more like Surface
    Pro 1.5 — improved battery life and better accessories make it a
    worthwhile (albeit pricey) laptop replacement, but it’s still not an
    iPad-level category killer. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.
    http://9cases.com/2014/07/best-stylist-microsoft-surface-pro-2-cases/