New Microsoft Surface 2 Tablets Have Arrived

There has been plenty of buzz about the new Microsoft 2 Surface tablets. And now the devices have finally been unveiled.

But small businesses looking for Windows tablets or tablet desktop hybrids may find both Microsoft devices too pricey.

The new Microsoft Surface 2 (pictured above, blue, right) replaces the Surface RT and the new Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (pictured above, purple, left) replaces the Surface Pro. The second device is more like a tablet/desktop hybrid with what Microsoft claims is the power of a full PC.

The Microsoft Surface 2 will start at $449. However, an optional touch or type cover keyboard helpful when using software like Microsoft Office will run an extra $120 to $130. Upgrading from the standard 32 GB device to 64 GB pushes the device to $549.

Similarly, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, which is what most business users will likely want, starts at $899 for a 64 GB device.  An optional dock which provides added screen support and serves as a charger for the device adds nearly another $199 to the cost.  Purchasing 128 GB, 265 GB or 512 GB devices will only further up the cost.

A Look At the New Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2

Both devices feature a 10.6 inch screen, front and rear cameras and improvements over the first generation Surface devices. For example:

  • A new two position kickstand makes the devices easier to set on your lap or on any other surface while working.
  • Better battery life equates to about 7 hours with the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and 10 hours with the Microsoft Surface 2.
  • A new operating system, Windows RT 8.1 in the case of the Surface 2 and Windows Pro 8.1 in the case of the Windows Pro 2.
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Budget conscious small business owners worried about the price may want to wait. Other offerings from companies like Nokia and even Dell are on the horizon.

The new Microsoft Surface devices introduced earlier this week should be available in stores Oct. 22, but you can pre-order your device immediately.

Image: Microsoft


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