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Upon Microsoft’s 900 million dollar write off of Surface rt tablets in July of this year, Microsoft continues to seek to amaze us all with their next Surface tablet — the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro. The problems with the old Surface tablets from Microsoft is Windows 8 RT’s steep learning curve mainly due to the hybrid tablet and desktop interface. On top of that, hardware-wise, the 720p display of the Surface RT did not seem competitive enough. With the underwhelming hardware specifications, immature app ecosystem, and similar pricing strategy, Microsoft Surface RT was dead on arrival. They reassess their pricing strategy and attempted to roll the micro softball on the surface again. This time with the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro. Will they get the formula right this time?

Microsoft Surface 2 And Surface 2 pro – What’s new?

Microsoft Surface 2

So what is the scoop with the new Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface 2 pro? Overall, the Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface 2 pro design have been slim down. Now 0.2 inch thinner than it’s predecessor, and 0.04 inch larger in height, the new tablet will be more portable. The screen has been updated as well. It sports a 1080p resolution display compared to the 720p of the Surface RT. The main processor has been upgraded. This time stepping up a notch with a Tegra 4 over the Tegra 3 — hopefully this time it won’t lag when you scroll through the metro interface. Starting from $449 with the 32gb, the tablet is heading into direct price competition against the $499 Apple 16GB iPad. On the other side, the Surface 2 pro has not changed over it’s predecessor. The new Surface 2 pro will sport a 4th generation intel core processor that provides it 75% more battery life than the Surface Pro. The Surface Pro had a battery life up to 4.5 hours, thus, we’re expecting Microsoft Surface 2 Pro to have a battery life of up to 7.88 hours. Besides that, the Surface 2 pro will be costing you an extra $100 dollars.

Tablet Dimensions Thickness Weight Screen Resolution Starting price
Samsung Galaxy tab 3 7.0 188 x 111.1 mm (7.40 x 4.37 in.) 9.9 mm (0.39 in.) 306g 1024 x 600 px (170 PPI) $199
Asus/Google Nexus 7 with Full High Definition Display 200 x 114.3 (7.87 x 4.5 in.) 8.65 mm (0.34 in.) 290g 1920 x 1200 px (~323 PPI) $229
Asus/Google Nexus 7 (2012) 198.5 x 120 mm (7.81 x 4.72 in.) 10.5 mm (0.41 in.) 340g 1280 x 800 px (216 PPI) $209
Asus MeMo Pad HD7 196.8 x 120.6 mm (7.75 x 4.75 in.) 10.8 mm (0.43 in.) 302g 1280 x 800 px (216 PPI) $149
Acer Iconia A1-810 7.9 inch 200.9 x 146 mm (8.2 x 5.7 in.) 11.1 mm (0.4 in.) 410g 1024 x 768 px (216 PPI) $209
Samsung Galaxy tab 3 8.0 209.8 x 123.8 mm (8.26 x 4.87 in.) 7.4 mm (0.29 in.) 314g 1280 x 800 px (189 PPI) $299
Apple iPad Mini 200 x 134.7 mm (7.87 x 5.3 in.) 7.2 mm (0.28 in.) 308g 1024 x 768 px (163 PPI) $329
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 210.8 x 135.9 mm (8.30 x 5.35 in.) 10.5 mm (0.41 in.) 338g 1280 x 800 px (189 PPI) $429
Microsoft Surface 2 274.6 x 172.5 mm (10.81 x 6.79 in.) 8.9 mm (0.35 in.) 674g 1920 x 1080 px (207 PPI) $449
Microsoft Surface RT 275 x 172 mm (10.81 x 6.77 in.) 9.4 mm (0.37 in.) 680g 1366 x 768 px (148 PPI) $349
Asus MeMo Pad Smart 10.1 inch 263 x 181 mm (10.4 x 7.1 in.) 10 mm (0.4 in.) 580g 1280 x 800 px (149 PPI) $299
Samsung Galaxy tab 3 10.1 243.1 x 176.1 mm (8.26 x 4.87 in.) 8 mm (0.31 in.) 510g 1280 x 800 px (149 PPI) $399
Samsung/Google Nexus 10 263.9 x 177.6 mm (10.39 x 6.99 in.) 8.9 mm (0.35 in.) 603g 2560 x 1600 px (300 PPI) $409
Asus Transformer Pad infinity TF700 263 × 180.8 mm (10.3 x 7 in.) 8.5 mm (0.33 in.) 598g 1920 × 1200 px (224 PPI) $499
Asus Transformer Pad infinity N/A N/A N/A 2560 x 1600 px (299 PPI) N/A
Apple iPad 4th Generation 241.3 x 185.7 mm (9.50 x 7.31 in.) 9.4 mm (0.37 in.) 652g 2048 x 1536 px (264 PPI) $499

How does it stack up against the others.

Microsoft’s Surface 2 is certainly a large step up from its predecessor — Microsoft Surface RT. Although the screen resolution, and weight still lag behind the notorious Apple iPad, the case is a tad bit thinner. The tablet appears to be a great alternative to the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, if you do not mind the Microsoft Windows RT operating system. In addition, the $449/32gb starting price is aimed to steal customers who plan to buy the Google Nexus 10. So in hindsight, the Microsoft Surface 2 has many strong points, and has the hardware to be competitive with software that might hold it back. Now, the only issue Microsoft did not address is how they are going to compete in the small form factor tablet market. Are they going to release a mini version?

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