Hot on the heels of the Surface Pro unveiling, we now have the official confirmation of the successor to the Surface RT, simply called the Surface. The Windows RT slate was just unveiled by Microsoft a few minutes back.
And golly, is it a looker or what — the new Surface 2 is faster, lighter and downright gorgeous.
The tablet now also comes in silver in addition the default black, and there is word that even a white version is a possibility down the road.
The device comes with improved hardware and runs Windows RT 8.1. And just like the Pro 2 version, the new Surface 2 has the branding on the kickstand compared to the first generation models that had a Windows logo there.
Before we get to the underlying hardware, here is what Panos Panay, the head of the Surface division over at Microsoft, has to say on the device:
“It is much faster – now with 72 graphics cores, twice the internet speed, and USB 3.0. It is even more beautiful – with an enticing new color that reflects the true color of Magnesium, a full HD screen, and a thinner and lighter design.
And most importantly, it is even more productive – now with Outlook RT which is how I do email, a 3.5MP front-facing camera optimized for Skype for my video calls home or video messages when we can’t connect.”
The man said it all — the device is a definite improvement on all fronts compared to the first generation Surface RT. And the most obvious difference is the full 1080p ClearType display, all thanks to the improved capabilities of the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor.
Office 2013 RT Home & Student will be offered for free to all buyers.
Speaking in terms of battery life, the Surface 2 has enough juice to last for around 10 hours, again all due to the optimizations made in Tegra 4.