Microsoft held their Surface announcement today and here are some of the key points to take away from the event.
Surface RT is now Surface 2
Surface Pro is now Surface Pro 2
Surface 2 starts at $449 for 32GB, $549 for 64GB
Surface Pro 2 starts at $899 for 4GB/64GB $999 for 4GB/128GB or 8GB/256GB for $1299 or 8GB/512GB for $1799
Original Surface RT will remain on sale for $349
Two position kickstand on all new devices
Touch Cover 2 $119 1mm thinner and backlit
Type Cover 2 $129 1mm thinner, backlit, now in color
Power Cover $199 coming in early 2014 30w/h battery
Music Kit keyboard (Pricing TBD)
The Surface Pro 2 now comes with 4th gen Haswell core i5 process and claims of 40% better battery life which means it should get about 8-9 hours. With the power cover you should be able to get 12-13 hours of battery life.
Surface 2 is thinner than the original RT and now comes with a NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and should get over 10 hours of battery life. It will work with all of the new keyboard accessories. The original Surface RT won’t be able to utilize the power cover but it will work with the original Surface Pro. Purchasing the Surface 2 will also get you 200GB of free SkyDrive space for 2 years. The Surface 2 can also be purchased in a titanium color.
Preorders will start on 24 September and the product will be released on 22 October.