Microsoft Surface 2 is launching on September 23 and that is quite evident from the invite Redmond sent out to members of the press, but little is known about the specifications of the Surface successor; however, new reports indicate that the tablet will be fitted with full HD display in a bid to compete with iPad and high-end Android tablets out there.
An analyst at DisplaySearch has claimed that the Surface 2 will have a display capable of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution. In a statement to CNET, Richard Shim said, “What we’re seeing is that it’s 1,920 x 1,080.” This revelation doesn’t surprise us for the fact that the market is flooded with high resolution tablets and it was about time Microsoft upped its ante in the tablet market and fitted its ARM tablet with a competitive display.
Surface Pro already has a full HD display, but Surface RT only managed a 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution on its 10.6-inch display because of the not-so-capable Tegra 3 chip that powered it. This should change as reports indicate that the new Surface will be powered by a more capable Tegra 4 processor. Further it was also reported that the new Tegra chip will be complemented by 4GB of RAM.
Some of the other rumoured specifications include a USB 3.0 port, built in 802.11 Wi-fi, Bluetooth and a battery life of around 8 hours. LTE fans may be disappointed here because reports indicate that Microsoft is not going to include built-in LTE. In terms of software, the Surface 2 will feature the standard Office productivity solution including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and probably Outlook for ARM.
The recent price cuts in Surface RT strongly suggest announcement of its successor on September 23, but no information about pricing of the new tablet is available as yet.