New details about the next version of Surface RT are starting to come out. First and foremost Microsoft is dropping the “RT” from the name and it’s simply calling the tablet “Surface 2” and it will look pretty much the same as its predecessor.
Under the hood Surface 2 is expected to be powered by a Tegra 4 CPU and 4GB of RAM, it will feature an adjustable two-position kickstand, and a 1080p (1920 x 1080) 10.6-inch multi-touch display. On the battery life department the new device will hold up to 8 hours. This is the same as the RT version, but you need to consider that the new version will have a higher resolution screen, so it’s an improvement.
Also Surface RT 2 weighs 1.5 pounds and is .37-inch thick (same as the RT). Other feature rumoring around is that the device might also come in white color. Of course the tablet will be loaded with Windows RT 8.1, and it will feature VaporMg chassis, ClearType Full HD display, dual camera, Wifi 802.11, Bluetooth ver 4, HD video output, Office 2013 for Windows RT including Outlook RT, and micro-SD slot.
No doubt that Surface 2 will be a huge upgrade comparde to Surface RT, but we cannot ignore that one of the biggest problem with the RT model released alongside Windows 8 back in October 2012, other than the marketing communication, was the price point. So it will be really interesting to see what the new price will be for the second generation. I do believe that if Microsoft keeps it at $349 instead of the original $499, Surface has a good chance on growing its market share.
As for availability, there isn’t a specific launch date, but it’s likely that we will see the new Windows RT 8.1 device, just in time for Windows 8.1 General Availability, which is October 18th.