In addition to the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft introduced the Surface 2 today for consumers.
“Surface 2 is not subtle, but is a revamp. It is not the simple changes that everybody wants, but it’s the changes people need.”
The device is now full HD, with a 1366×768 resolution. The CPU speeds have increased, as well as the bus speed to accomidate WiFi and memory. It runs 3x to 4x faster than the original Surface, and now has USB 3.0. Battery life has increased now by 25%, but not as much as the Surface Pro 2. The device is also now thinner and lighter.
The device comes with Windows 8.1 OS, but it still uses the RT edition. But you still get a selection of over 100 000 apps from the Windows Store.
Surface 2 also comes with the full Office suite. No surprise that Microsoft would put Office on it again.
The back camera has improved 5x, and the front camera power is described as “one of a kind.” The front camera features a light filter, so consumers don’t have to worry about lighting.
Surface 2 owners will get one free year of “Best of Skype.” This means free international calling and free Wi-Fi included. It’s a similar deal we see with the Microsoft Office 365 University Suite. You will also receive 200GB of SkyDrive storage for 2 years.
The Touch Cover for this Surface 2 has 1092 sensors, which is increased from 80. It also features a backlit keyboard.
The Surface 2 will cost $449, which is just a bit expensive, However, you will get a pretty cool tablet/laptop hybrid for that price.