Microsoft Announces Surface 2 and Pro 2 Tablets

Microsoft announced today that two next-gen tablets—the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2—will launch next month.

The second-generation Windows tablets will be available for preorder starting tomorrow morning.

According to Microsoft, both tablets benefit from “significant updates,” including improvements to processing power and battery life, to display and camera resolution, and to the kickstand.

Aesthetically, the Surface 2 is essentially the same, though slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor. It’s powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor which has enhanced battery life. Camera resolution has also increased, with a 3.5-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera, both capable of capturing 1080p video, Microsoft says. The tablet will start at $449 for a 32GB storage model.



The Pro 2, which Microsoft describes as a “true laptop replacement,” is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and can have up to 512GB of storage with 8GB of RAM.

Microsoft also announced a variety of new next-gen accessories, including Touch Cover 2, Type Cover 2, Power Cover, a Pro docking station, a wireless adapter for typing covers, a USB car charger, and a Surface edition of the Arc Touch Mouse.

The new Surfaces will be available in Canada on October 22.