Tuesday 22 October 2013

Microsoft launches new tablets Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2

Surface Pro 2

From Tuesday the new tablet computers from Microsoft will be available for sale. Microsoft will launch two new models: Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. It is powered by a latest-generation Intel (Haswell micro architecture), which will improve its performance by 20 % according to the Microsoft. The Tablet is loaded with Windows 8.1 Pro. The display is 10.6 inches.

According to the official communication from Microsoft, it will be better than 95 % of current laptops in terms of speed and graphics performance and it assure up to 50% increase in the performance. And it is assured more battery life which is the weak point of the previous models. These kinds of statements mean that these models are better than the previous models.

The user has the option to choose a configuration to 64 GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage and 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. They are marketed to retail for 879 Euros and 1,779 Euros in 64 and 512 GB.

A new dock will also be taking part, which can power two external monitors mini Display Port, three USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports , plus an Ethernet port and an audio input / output. Finally, Microsoft has changed its accessories and can put the tablet in two positions, with a viewing angle of 22 or 55 degrees.

 A new dockable keyboard also makes its appearance. Called Power Cover, it offers a battery to enhance the autonomy of the tablet. The keyboard light - protection Type Cover, is not forgotten. In its new version, it is now called Surface 2 but is well powered by Windows RT 8.1. Still, the Surface 2 is more powerful again, with the same 10.6-inch screen and Pro Surface 2 is capable of displaying 1080p.

According to Microsoft, it runs 3-4 times faster than its predecessor. It also takes the same stand as its big sister, is refined and is available in white, black or silver. The tablet provides access to 100,000 applications (against 10,000 for the previous model) and especially includes Office RT and RT which now includes Outlook. Microsoft therefore corrects the main drawback of the previous model and makes the Surface 2 terminal to work and not just to consume media. Surface 2 will be available at a price of 439 Euros in 32 GB and 64 GB 539 Euros Rates include access to 200 GB of Skydrive storage for two years.

 The characteristics of the new area - improved performance, better battery life, etc. - and the range of new accessories - such as dock, keyboard, increasing the battery cover and backlit - are evidence of a hardware ecosystem expansion. Remix the Surface, a music controller that connects to a magnetic system like Touch Cover, is a very creative novelty that expands the capabilities of these mobile devices.

But the real strength of Microsoft lies in the amplitude and the functionality of the online ecosystem where individuals and businesses can access with their Microsoft account like Skydrive, Azure or Office 365. This online platform is the rear base for the expansion of "digital self" that create online users, "says the analyst. “The real question is whether the range area, including the Surface 2 based on ARM chip (unlike the Surface Pro 2 and Intel Core i5 chip), Microsoft will offer a place in the landscape of mobility.

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