Microsoft have brought their increasingly rapid release cycle to their hardware as well, less than a year after the Surface Pro and RT debuted in October 2012, Microsoft have announced the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro, the upgraded and refined successors to their tablet offering.
Both variants of the new Surface and thinner and lighter, and with a two stage kickstand to improve viewing angles wherever it is used. As well as the updated internals, the next generation of Surface will also ship with their respective versions of Windows 8.1, optimised for use on tablets.
The Surface 2 has had a spec bump, with a 10 hour battery for video playback which now supports full 1080p video. Upgraded camera size and low light performance on the front and back improves video calling and conferencing quality when contacting friends, family or colleagues. The Surface 2 has Office Home & Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT pre-installed, making it a powerful productivity tool at a compelling price point.
The Surface 2 Pro packs an improved chipset, the Intel Haswell Core i5, which increases the speed by 20% whilst simultaneously boosting battery life by 75%. Microsoft showed the Surface 2 Pro editing raw 6k video, a mean feat for any computer, much less a tablet, demonstrating its ability to handle intensive tasks. Microsoft are keen to demonstrate that the Surface 2 Pro can completely replace the laptop and desktop, being powerful enough to run intensive desktop apps whilst also remaining extremely portable.
Additional peripheries have also been announced, such as the Power Cover to further boost battery life, as well as the upgraded Touch and Type covers in new colours and with increased touch precision.
The updated Surface tablets will be available in the UK on 22nd October, and come with umlimited Skype calls to landlines, unlimited Skype Wi-Fi and 200GB of SkyDrive storage for two years. Get in touch with us to find out how the new Microsoft Surface could feature in your next hardware upgrade.
Take a look at condensed version of the press conference announcing the new Surface lineup, courtesy of The Verge.