As expected, Microsoft has today updating it’s Surface tablet line-up with the introduction of both the Surface 2 and the Surface 2 Pro.
Kicking off with the Surface 2, the tablet is a thinner, lighter and faster version of the Surface RT, featuring a 10.6 inch Full HD 1080p ClearType display with a two-tone magnesium build, the tablet is powered by a 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, with 2GB of RAM and a battery that Microsoft say will last up to ten hours on video playback and 7-15 days on standby.
Surface 2 now also supports USB 3.0 and has a 5 megapixel and a 3.5 megapixel camera on the back on front, both of which 1080p video which can be played back with the in-built stereo speakers/
There’s also a set of dual mics with noise cancellation and a MicroSDXC card reader. The Surface 2 will also feature a new kickstand for dual-angle positions and will run on Windows 8.1.
The Surface 2 also features the new Kickstand 2 for dual-angle propping. And despite the power increase and size reduction it will manage 25 per cent more battery life than its predecessor.
The Surface 2 is available from 1PM BST tomorrow in the US and Canada.in 32GB and 64GB configurations from £350, it will then be available in the UK from October 22nd.
Next in the new line-up is the Surface 2 Pro, which Microsoft claims is faster than 95% of the laptops available today, featuring 50% more accurate colour reproduction, Microsoft say that the tablet is 20% faster and has a 50% increase in graphical ability.
There’s also a new USB 3.0 port on the side, alongside a microSD card slot and a display out port, and the tablet will be available with a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor in both 64GB and 128GB models, both of which feature 4GB of RAM.
There will also be 256GB and 512GB models that will feature 8GB of RAM.
All of the models will retail for $899 in the US and £719 in the UK, available in most countries from October 22nd.