Surface 2 was not the only tablet released by Microsoft Corp yesterday (September 23). That product came with a sibling, a full-blown and impressive business device that has the quality of a workstation. This powerful and impressive new tablet is called the Surface Pro 2. Logically, it is a better and more effective business tablet compared to its predecessor. Exact release date is not certain, though.
The new business tablet is powered by Windows 8.1 (for users who prefer to have the traditional ‘Start’ button). It comes in different configurations—64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The first two versions come with RAM of 4GB, while the two others come with integrated 8GB memory. Price tags start from $899.
Surface Pro 2 could be impressive enough as it has one the latest ‘Haswell’ processors by Intel. That processor is a Core i5 chip that is already on its fourth-generation. It is bound to be faster than about 95% of all other laptops available in the market these days.
Not surprisingly, its Graphics performance has been bolstered by about 50% compared to the Graphics performance of the first Surface Pro version. Complementing it is a longer battery life, which has been bolstered by about 12 hours. That makes the battery performance up to 60% longer than the battery of its predecessor. Moreover, Surface Pro 2 also operates quieter and cooler than Surface Pro.
Its Touch Cover is much more sensitive. The original touch cover only had 80 sensors. In comparison, the new Touch Cover for Surface Pro features up to 1,092 sensors. That makes Touch Cover 2 logically more impressive and more effective than its predecessor.
There is a Surface Docking Station that could possibly support a desktop monitor with up to 3,840 X 2,160 resolution. Users could possibly dock Surface Pro 2 even without removing the Power Cover of the tablet. For enterprise adoption, there are three ports for USB 2.0, a port for USB 3.0, 3.5 mm audio input and output, a power hookup, a mini display port, and Ethernet.
The familiar kickstand has also been redesigned to facilitate ideal angles. Users could use the device with the snap-on physical keyboard. The stand could facilitate two familiar angles—one for making it stand like a laptop and one that would make it useful on user’s lap.