Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that its new Surface tablets, including the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, are now available for purchase in the United States. Microsoft officially unveiled both tablets during a press event in September, and we think most people should opt for the full-fledged Surface Pro 2, even though it comes in at a much more expensive price point.
The Surface 2, for example, runs a watered-down version of Windows that doesn’t support full x86 applications. Still, it comes in at a friendly $449 price point ant includes a 1.7GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 32GB or 64GB of storage, a 10.6-inch 1080p screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 3.5-megapixel front-facing camera. Microsoft is still struggling to inform consumers on the differences, however, and we think a lot will be upset to learn that the Surface 2 can’t run any of your standard Windows applications.
Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 2 runs on a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor and sports 4GB or 6GB of RAM, a 10.6-inch 1080p display, microSD storage and more. Since it has an x86 Intel processor, it can run all of your older legacy applications, though you mind find that some of the more powerful ones run a bit slower. The Surface Pro 2 starts at $899.
Anyone interested in picking up Microsoft’s new tabs can do so in Microsoft retail stores, online, or from retailers such as Staples, best Buy, Fry’s, Micro center, Walmart and others, in select markets. Unfortunately, the 256GB and 512GB models of the Surface Pro 2 are still delayed until Dec. for some some models, but the 64GB and 128GB options should ship by Oct. 25.