Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 expected earlier than planned, with Intel-based processors
Microsoft is planning to enlarge its Surface family of tablets with two new additions to the line. The first rumors about the upcoming devices began to surface in the beginning of summer. Microsoft made a hint that the new model slates will be released around June 2014. The company did not share more details about the tablets. Just now we got additional information about the upcoming devices, revealed by sources. The website Neowin published yesterday that new Surface 2 will be powered by Core i5 Haswell CPU which is the next generation processor by Intel. The slate will arrive with 8GB RAM. It will work with improved kickstand for the best convenience of users. The new leak confronts the previously revealed information from GFX benchmark tests of the device including that the tablet will work with Tegra 4 chipset.
The sources claim that the second model tablet Surface Pro 2 will also be powered by the Intel-based CPU. It will run on Windows 8.1 OS. Users of the tablet will be able to work with existing desktop apps and of course, Windows store apps. Microsoft is working on extending the battery life of the slate to 7 hours. The Surface Pro 2 will work with a kickstand that offers two positions for the device. The next generation Surface tablets will sport similar looks to their predecessors.
More news about the devices include change in their names, they will be named Microsoft Surface 2 (no RT) and Microsoft Surface Pro 2. The new rumored launch date for the slates is 18th of October which is earlier than the first plans of Microsoft. Sources reveal that Surface Pro 2 will probably not support LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity. The rumored price for the tablet is $799 (£511). There is still no additional information for the costs for Surface 2. Users will have the option to choose between 4GB and 8GB RAM for Surface Pro 2.