Microsoft’s Surface RT is perhaps one of tech’s biggest flops. Not that it was as bad as everyone made it out to be. But it failed to sell—the company took an almost $1 billion loss because of leftover inventory. That’s not really the way Microsoft would have liked to enter the market, particularly when the company was aligning its tablet to go head on with Apple’s iPad. But despite the company’s hugely disappointing first attempt, Microsoft is ready for round two.
With its Surface 2, Microsoft is in some ways starting anew, putting last year’s debacle in the rearview; there’s a spec bump, new name and some small changes that focus on improving the overall experience. Hardware-wise, the device is still mostly the same, with only and slightly thinner and lighter body as the most notable changes—the kickstand is now two-stage as well, so there’s that. Other improvements include a Full HD display, Tegra 4 chip and 5-megapixel rear camera.
Microsoft is attacking the tablet market with plenty of gusto despite failing to make any soft of impact. The Surface 2 is largely the Surface RT, but there are enough changes under-the-hood to warrant consideration. At $449, the device is a little cheaper than the competition, and there are a host of accessories for all your Office junkies.
Microsoft still hasn’t really addressed the difference between Windows RT and full working version of Windows 8, so it will definitely need to clear that up if the Surface 2 is to attract a significant following. If you do know how they differ, and you’re an RT fanatic, well, the Surface 2 looks to be a more complete Microsoft tablet. Considering what’s come before in the Windows ecosystem, that’s not really saying all that much.