The company has revealed two new 1080p tablets that offer many of the same features as a laptop.
Microsoft has announced two new additions to its tablet lineup, the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. Both devices feature 10.6-inch full HD 1080p ClearType displays, full-size USB 3.0 ports, and updated kickstands.
The Surface 2 is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and features a front-facing 3.5MP camera and a rear-facing 5MP camera. The tablet is rated for up to 10 hours of battery life and runs Windows RT 8.1 with Office Home & Student 2013 RT and Outlook RT pre-loaded. 32GB and 64GB models will be available, starting at $449.
Aimed at offering a more versatile alternative to traditional laptops, the Surface Pro 2 features support for virtually all Windows software and combines power with portability. The device uses an Intel Core i5 processor, can output up to 3,840 x 2,160 resolution to an external display, and comes with a Pro Pen for making digital notes and sketches. 64GB and 128GB models with 4GB of RAM, and 256GB and 512GB models with 8GB of RAM will all be available, starting at $899.
Both the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 will launch on October 22 in Microsoft retail stores and select third party retailers, and pre-orders will begin on September 24. As an added bonus, purchasers of each device will also receive free Skype landline calling for one year, unlimited Skype WiFi for one year, and 200GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years.