This morning Microsoft held a press conference to debut the laptop-quality Surface Pro 2 and its more tablet-esque counterpart, the Surface 2. Many improvements have been made since the original Surface Pro and Surface RT, including increased battery life, faster speed, larger viewing angles, and advanced peripherals, to make the Surface Pro 2 “the most productive tablet ever built,” according to Microsoft Surface Vice President Panos Panay.
The Surface Pro 2 starts at $899 and features USB 3.0, the new fourth-generation Intel i5 “Haswell” processor, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD for internal memory. Upgrades can go as far as 8GB RAM with a 512GB SSD, pushing the high-end Surface Pro 2 to a whopping $1,799.
Both the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface 2 come bundled with Windows 8.1, 200GB of SkyDrive storage for two years, and Skype perks, which include free international calling and free Wi-Fi for a year.
The new Surface lineup will be available on October 22nd, 2013. Pre-orders start tomorrow (9/24).