Microsoft’s Surface army will march on at a Sept. 23 event in New York. What will be on hand? It sure looks like a Surface Pro 2 is a lock, and more information is shedding light on a follow up to the calamitous Surface RT. Even despite poor sales and utter lack of developer support, Microsoft isn’t giving up on its first iPad competitor. This next one, though, does sound pretty solid.
According to WinSuperSite, Microsoft’s upcoming Surface RT follow up, Surface 2, will essentially look at act the same, with some key internal differences—the device will also feature a white color option, too. Corroborating comments from NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the Surface 2 will sport a Tegra 4 chip, and will also feature a 1080p display. Battery will get users up to eight hours per charge, but that could go up with Microsoft’s rumored Power Cover.
Additionally, the tablet will supposedly feature a redesigned two-position kickstand, front and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, a full-sized USB 3.0 port, microSD expansion up to 64GB and Office Home & Student 2013 RT, according to WinSuperSite. Even though the device will feature Windows RT, Microsoft will allegedly remove the RT branding—a move no doubt in response to consumer confusion over RT’s capabilities.
With an official unveil coming up in a few weeks, preceded by a steady stream of rumors, it sure seems as though Microsoft has a positive holiday outlook. Of course, just because the company improves some specs here and there, and adds a new color, doesn’t mean its devices will be any more successful than they were last year. Pricing will certainly be a huge focal point; will the RT start off at $500? We’ll found out soon.