Microsoft has fortified its answer to the iPad. The Microsoft Surface 2 is a needed refresh to the first generation Surface RT and one that Microsoft hopes will be more competitive. The new Surface 2 tablet features the new and improved Windows 8.1 RT, faster processors, higher resolution screen, faster graphics, and more Office and Business Productivity Apps.
A More Productive Tablet
Microsoft indeed listened to consumers. The company has completely overhauled the design, drawing on consumer feedback, and as a result has come up with a more versatile tablet than major competitors and at a more affordable price. The Microsoft Surface 2 is slimmer, measuring 8.9 mm thick.
The kickstand on the back now opens to two positions, one suited for standing the tablet on flat surfaces like on a table, while the other makes it easier to stand the Surface 2 on your lap.
MicroSoft Surface 2 runs the mobile version of Windows 8.1, the Windows 8.1 RT and will run Metro style apps. The Surface 2 comes with Microsoft Office RT 2013 offering Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. It comes with a faster processor, a 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and 2GB RAM.
Surface 2 offers a smooth performance for all your gaming and entertainment needs with improved battery life that gives you up to 10 hours of video playback.
Microsoft Surface 2 will support Sleeker Touch Cover and Type Cover accessories (keyboard covers) and they are now much thinner, lighter, and are backlit for typing in low light or in the dark.
Microsoft will also offer a Type Cover with built-in battery (called Power Cover) that will extend the use time of the Surface 2 by up to 50%. The Touch Cover 2, Type Cover 2, and Power Cover 2 protects the screen and offers full QWERTY keyboard for faster typing on the Surface.
The Surface 2 still comes with a 10.6-inch display, but the screen is now more brilliant with colour tuning and more pixels. Microsoft Surface 2 offers 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, making full 1080p HD videos on the Surface 2 exciting.
On the back is a 5 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording. A 3.5 megapixels front facing camera also with 1080p HD is provided for video calling like on Skype. Both cameras come with improved low light performance.
Microsoft Surface 2 comes with microHDMI port, full USB 3.0 port, Wi-Fi 802.11 and boasts of up to 10 hours battery life. It will be available with 32 GB or 64 GB storage with 200GB free SkyDrive storage for 2 years.
Microsoft Surface 2 also comes with free Skype calling to landlines in more than 60 countries for one year and unlimited Skype Wi-Fi in more than 2 million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide.
Price & Availability
Microsoft Surface 2 tablet is available in a few online stores in Nigeria. The Surface 2 32GB model sells at a price of around 115,000 Naira at Konga, one of Nigeria’s leading online store.
The Touch cover 2, Type cover 2, and Power Cover 2 are sold separately, but we cannot confirm their pricing and availability in Nigeria.
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