Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple's iPad

Microsoft Launches New Surface Tablet to Challenge Apple's iPad

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 24 September 2013, 13:31 Hrs
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Bangalore: Microsoft has launched its next version Surface Tablets; Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. While Surface 2 starts at $449, Surface Pro 2 starts at $899. These tablets have the same screen size as their former version, measuring 10.6-inches diagonally. Both offer 200GB of free online storage through SkyDrive for two years along with a yearlong free calls and Wi-Fi hot-spots through Skype. The sale begins on October 22.

Microsoft’s previous venture in the Tablet market failed to make any dents because of the tough competition posed by its nemesis Apple which sold 34 million iPads last year while Microsoft Surface sales racked up only $853 million in sales while generating a $900 million charge for unsold inventory.
Thus the company has re-launched the revamped version of the tablet series with hopes to gain strong foothold in the coming year’s tablet market.

Here are the key features of the two tablets.

Surface 2
Surface 2 is a remake of the previous Surface RT tablets and it runs on the updated version of Windows 8.1 which is a down-sized version of Windows 8 for ARM-based chips. IT is powered by Nvidia Tegra 4 (T40) quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It has 2GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage space. The HD screen supports 1080 pixel resolution and the device is built with a 3.5 MP front camera and 5MP rear camera which can capture 1080p video. The device has a full-sized USB port that supports USB 3.0. It also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microHDMI port and provides up to 10 hours of battery life.

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