Microsoft has just launched the Surface 2 tablet to rival the upcoming next generation of the Apple iPad and it is the much needed upgrade required for the Surface RT tablet. Despite the crticism it received, the tablet will run on Windows RT which has been a hit and a miss for the company. The Surface RT gets a northward revision in specs department and it now becomes quite the iPad rival on paper.
The Surface 2 will come shod with a 10.6 inch 1080p Clear Type display unit which we believe would be a better one that is expected out of the next generation iPad. Initially, it came with a Tegra 3 processor which did not perform up to the mark so this time around the company has put in a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor in the slate which is a way better performer than its predecessor. In terms of build quality, it is a lighter unit than the Surface RT and is thinner as well.
Coming to the imaging department, it features 3.5 mega pixel front and rear cameras which will facilitate your occasional video calls and give you some moments to capture. The slate will support a USB 3.0 port now instead of 2.0 of the Surface RT. Alongside this, you also get an extra video out port which was not there in the last generation as well. It comes with an internal storage capacity of 32GB, out of which only half is accessible and which can be further expanded by another 64GB with the help of a microSD card.
The company has chosen to give it a decent enough battery life as well and the battery will last it for 10 days. It will run on Windows RT 8.1 with Office Home Student 2013 which is something everybody didn’t really appreciate at first but I think that it is something which grows on you. It also comes with a revised kickstand that aids the laptop-like ability of the ability. Microsoft is also giving 200GB of free cloud storage on SkyDrive with the tablet.
It will have its base pricing as $449 for the 32GB model and the device will be up on pre-order in about 21 countries as you are reading this. An Indian launch? Maybe.