Microsoft's Surface 2 & Surface Pro 2 Offer Better Specs To Run Windows 8.1

The sales figures of the initial tablet offerings from Microsoft were quite disastrous, but it is now found a way to make the tablets popular by offering higher specs and better connectivity. The new Surface 2 incorporates a 10.6 inch ClearType Full HD resolution screen. The ClearType screens have been previously found in Lumia range of smartphones. The Surface 2 is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor and runs the new iteration of Windows RT (8.1). RT apps like Microsoft Office 2013 RT and Outlook RT have been preloaded and other apps are available for download from the Windows Store. Even if it is rarely used, the 10 inch tablet comes with 5 MP rear and 3.5 MP front cameras that can capture 1080p videos and better low light photography. The USB ports have also been upgraded to 3.0 and the tablet is lighter and thinner as compared to the original Surface. The Surface 2 will be available for pre-order in the US from tomorrow in 32GB and 64GB variants with prices starting from $449 (28,100 INR).

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Now let’s have a look at the Windows 8.1 offering from Microsoft. The Surface Pro 2 is being touted as a ‘true laptop replacement’ as it comes with the latest Intel Haswell processors which promise better performance and extended battery life. The prices of Surface Pro 2 with 64 GB or 128 GB HDDs with 4GB of RAM start at $899 (56,263 INR) and goes up to $1,799 (112,589 INR) for 256GB and 512GB configurations with 8 GB of RAM. This one too is up for pre-order from tomorrow and will make its way to over 20 countries along with its RT counterpart on October 22, 2013.

To make the deal sweeter for the Microsoft fanboys, the company throws in 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years and free Skype calling to landlines in more than 60 countries for a year. As we await more details on tech-specs, we want to ask you to tell us how these new entrants will perform in the market crowded with Android and iOS devices? Let us know in the comments section below.

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