Microsoft today finally announced their second generation Surface and Surface Pro Windows-powered tablets, which are by no means iPad competitors, instead alternatives similar to the popular Nexus line.
The Surface 2, successor to the Surface RT, runs on Windows RT 8.1 and comes with a 10.6-inch FHD display, a 1.7GHz quad core Tegra 4 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of expandable storage, USB 3.0 capabilities, a 5MP rear snapper, 25% more battery life than its predecessor as well as being built out of Magnesium and coming with Office RT pre-installed. It will start at $449 for the 32GB model.
The Surface Pro 2, succeeds the Surface Pro, running on Windows 8.1 Pro, this powerhouse packs a 10.6-inch FHD display, a 1.6GHz dual core Core i5 processor with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, between 64GB and 512GB of expandable storage, USB 3.0 support and loads more. The Surface Pro will start retailing at $899 for the 64GB model with 4GB of RAM. Dedicated accessories include a desktop docking station.
Both tablets will come with 200GB of SkyDrive cloud storage for a period of 2 years as well as free international and WiFi calling via Skype for a period of one year. Neither of which are bad deals. It seems that Microsoft is taking a stab at Google’s Chromebook market instead of the Apple iPads, which may pay off since the next generation of iPads are rumoured to launch sometime in October. The two new Surface tablets go on sale on October 22.
Do you think Microsoft’s second try will not be a complete failure as their firsts or does Redmond have what it takes to give it the marketshare it so desperately wants?