Microsoft Introduces New Surface Pro 2 Tablet

By Linda Cauthen, Black Friday Magazine
Published September 23, 2013

The Surface Tablet hasn’t exactly set the market on fire, but Microsoft is giving the brand another try. The new Surface Pro 2 was unveiled today, carrying some cool new features—and a sky-high price tag.

While Amazon had found major success with the small, light, budget-friendly Kindle Fire tablet, Microsoft found itself stuck with unsold stock of its larger, heavier, much more expensive Surface models. Some companies would have gone back to the drawing board, or at least copied more successful rivals, but Microsoft instead continues its pattern of doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.

Like the original Surface tablet, the Surface Pro 2 is a full-size tab with a 10” screen, but has been spiffed up with upgrades like Intel’s Generation Core i5, a powerful new chip with improved battery life. The Surface 2 comes equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and MS Office Home & Student 2013 RT, a new version that includes Outlook RT. The main difference in the new models is that they’re slightly lighter and thinner, and come in different colors.

The lower-priced Surface 2 running windows RT starts at $449, while the Surface Pro 2 starts at $899, with an 8GB/512GB model going for $1,799. Both go on sale October 22. The optional snap-on keyboard covers are available starting at $119.

Will buyers be interested in a tablet that costs more than some laptops just because it can run Windows 8.1? We’ll find out soon, as pre-orders start tomorrow.

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