Microsoft’s first Surface tablet was a decent offering that suffered from some terrible marketing. Microsoft confused customers with the Surface RT and Surface Pro, two tablets that looked the same but had remarkably different functions. Meanwhile, the price point was simply too high to compete with Apple’s iPads.
Despite the flop, Microsoft still sold millions of Surface tablets. With the Surface 2, Microsoft will look to build off its few successes and learn from its many failures. The Surface 2 rumors continue to swirl and a number of Surface 2 features were recently revealed by the folks over at Neowin. Those reports were then confirmed by other industry insiders.
Today, we’re happy to bring those Surface 2 features directly to you. Here’s what we know about the next generation of Microsoft’s Surface tablets:
-There will once again be two different Surface tablets. However, with this generation, one Surface tablet will be called the Surface 2 and the other tablet will be called the Surface Pro 2.
-Both Surface tablets will feature a refined, two-position kickstand
-The devices will look basically identical to the original Surface models
-Surface Pro 2 will run a 4th generation Intel Core i5 CPU (Haswell)
-The amount of RAM is expected to double, from 4GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM
-Windows RT will power the Surface 2 and Windows 8.1 will power the Surface Pro 2
-The pricing of the Surface Pro 2 is expected to be similar to the pricing of the original Surface Pro, which debuted at $999, although the pricing of the Surface 2 is unknown at this time
We await the official Microsoft announcement for the next generation Surface tablets, and until then, it’s all just speculation.