Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Surface 2 Pricing / Launch Event Info

Pricing

September 23 2013, in New York City Microsoft announced the second generation versions of their Surface hardware. Microsoft opted to cut their Surface RT down from $499 to $349 because inventory was not moving well and they also introduced a permanent price drop of $100 on Surface Pro models.

Listed below you will find the full Estimated Retail Pricing (ERP) for all of the new hardware and accessories.

Surface Pro 2 (all devices come with a Surface Pen)
◾ 4GB RAM/64GB storage – $899
◾ 4GB RAM/128GB storage – $999
◾ 8GB RAM/256GB storage – $1,299
◾ 8GB RAM/512GB storage – $1,799

Surface 2
◾ 2GB RAM/32GB storage – $449
◾ 2GB RAM/64GB storage – $549

Accessories
◾ Touch Cover 2 – $119.99
◾ Type Cover 2 – $129.99
◾ Power Cover – $199.99
◾ Arc Touch Mouse (Surface Edition) – $69.99
◾ Docking Station for Surface Pro – $199.99
◾ Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers – $59.99
◾ Car Charger with USB – $49.99

Launch Event Info

September 23 2013, Microsoft had the formal launch announcement for their second generation Surface hardware. Here is info.

Surface Pro 2
◾ 46% more color accuracy to the Surface Pro 2 ClearType HD display.
◾ Boosted speakers and added Dolby to Surface 2.
◾ Surface Pro 2 is faster than 95% of laptops on the market today.
◾ Graphics performance on Surface Pro 2 increased by 50%.
◾ Overall performance on Surface Pro 2 bumped up by 20%.
◾ Windows logo is gone from the back of the Surface Pro 2 – simply labeled Surface.
◾ Angle of Surface Pro 2 kickstand increased to better accommodate use on your lap.
◾ Surface Pro 2 battery life increased by 75% (approx 7 hours).
◾ Haswell processor in Surface Pro 2 which operates cooler and quieter.
◾ Surface Pro will start at $899.
◾ Four configurations: 4GB RAM/64GB storage; 4GB RAM/128GB storage; 8GB
RAM/256GB storage and 8GB RAM/512GB storage

Surface 2 (formerly known as Surface RT)
◾ Labels this as an introduction as if it is a new device vice an upgrade of the Surface RT.
Calls it a product revamp.
◾ Surface 2 is now available in a silver color. Word is that this will be the only color option
for Surface 2.
◾ Increased CPU speed; runs 3-4 times faster than Surface RT; has Tegra 4 CPU
improved bus, etc.
◾ Has USB 3.0 now.
◾ Added Surface logo to the device kickstand.
◾ Full 1080p ClearType display.
◾ 25% more battery life.
◾ Uses same injection molding process as Surface RT did but is thinner and lighter.
◾ Launches with Windows 8.1 as the OS.
◾ Last year launched with 10,000 apps; this year over 100,000 apps in Windows Store.
◾ Comes with Office just like Surface RT except Windows 8.1 adds Outlook to the suite.
◾ Surface 2 also has the two position kickstand like Surface Pro 2.
◾ Surface 2 docked can handle powering a 3840 x 2160 pixel display.
◾ Surface 2 will sell for $449.
◾ Two configurations with 32GB and 64Gb storage.

Both Devices and Accessories
◾“Best of Skype” for one year includes free international calling and free WiFi hotspots.
◾ 200GB of SkyDrive for two years.
◾ Type Cover 2 (new colors are purple and pink) and is 1MM thinner and lighter than
original Type Cover.
◾ Type Cover 2 is almost as thin as original Touch Cover and is backlit.
◾ Type Cover 2 comes out “next year” according to Panos Panay.
◾ Surface Power Cover adds 30w battery to device which adds 2.5 times battery life to
Surface Pro 2.
◾ Surface Docking station provides 3 x USB 2.0; 1 USB 3.0; Mini DisplayPort; Ethernet;
Audio In/Out and power. Available in “early” 2014.
◾ Touch Cover 2 is also backlit and now has 1092 sensors compared to just 80 in the
original Touch Cover.
◾ Touch Cover 2 is also thinner and lighter than the first version.
◾ Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 work on all Surface products.
◾ Surface Remix Project is available on 22 October 2013. It is a special edition cover that
lets you remix your favorite music and share it and is in conjunction with Xbox Music.
See http://surfaceremixproject.com/ for more info.
◾ Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will be available on 22 October 2013 – just four days after
GA of Windows 8.1.