BY | August 31, 2013

This is going to be very interesting in the days to come. Microsoft Surface Pro 2 vs iPad Mini 2 competition is certain. meanwhile specs and release date rumors of surface Pro 2 rule the web.

Microsoft’s next generation tablet Surface Pro 2 is rumoured to being readied for the launch pretty soon. Though there is still no definite word about its launch date, many reports suggest that the tablet will be introduced in the market early in the fourth quarter.

There is no denying the fact that the software giant is very serious in making the tablet more widely available and make it even better than the first version that in itself was superb. Almost every reviewer worth of his or her salt said that the tablet was the best in every way and left its competitors far behind. But all of them were pretty critical about its sky high pricing and predicted that this will be affecting the sales of the tablet in the coming days.

There is no doubt that Surface Pro comes with the sort of specifications that can make price cut almost unthinkable for many. But even then the company recently slashed the price by as much as $100 making the tablet all the more affordable. The Surface Pro comes with a 10.6-inch, 1290×1080 pixel display, 1.7GHz Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64 BG and 128 GB of internal memory.

For people who want to do serious work through their tablets, this is ultimate product. There cannot be two opinions about it. Though there is another tablet being awaited by tech mavens throughout the world, the difference in the case of Surface Pro’s next generation version is the fact that this is not used by its users as an entertainment medium. Most of the owners of Surface Pro love to use the tablet to accomplish their professional tasks and occasionally use it for entertainment purpose. This tablet is capable to do everything that our top of the line laptops do.

Cupertino based company Apple’s fans are also awaiting the launch of their next generation retina iPad Mini 2. But compared to the Cupertino based Apple’s iPad and iPad Mini that are meant to give the users a great experience when it comes to entertainment, the software giant’s Surface Pro tablet is out and out a product meant to fulfil your professional needs. And as it is very capable and efficient in accomplishing these things, their owners love them for what they do. Now there are rumors about the arrival of its next generation version Surface Pro 2. The Surface Pro 2 when comes will arrive with impressive specifications. Last year, we have an Intel Core i5 third gen Ivy Bridge processor onboard the Surface Pro original. Needless to say, as part of upgrading the device, Microsoft will integrate a better fourth gen Intel Haswell chipset in the tablet. The brand new Haswell chips are further power efficient and they provide additional boost in performance.

To take on its biggest competitor and market leader the Redmond based company is expected to launch a smaller version of the Surface Pro too to take on iPad Mini 2. An eagerly awaited product with the upcoming Surface Pro 2 is nothing other than a 7-inch Surface tablet. It is a known fact that Windows 8 has been critically missing midsize tablets. All OEM partners of Microsoft have made massive tablet PCs only last year. No tech maker other than Acer has so far designed a Windows 8-based small-screen tablet. Indeed, along with some of its OEM partners, Microsoft is most likely to envisage a small screen Surface tablet this year to compete with Google Nexus 7 and iPad Mini. Many believe that the new tablet version from Microsoft will come with a new and very fresh sounding name. Most of the tech blogs are addressing the second gen Surface Pro as Surface Pro 2. Some sources claim that it is not going to be the final name of the device, which will be officially branded as Surface Plus. And, it is likely for release before Christmas, as per the reports.

In the meantime with reports of the imminent arrival of Windows 8.1, we are set to see massive improvement in the OS part too. The much-touted Windows 8.1 update is to appear out of the box in the next Surface tablets. Even some rumors have predicted the release of the new edition Microsoft Surface tablets with the official release of Windows 8.1 in October. The new Windows 8 version is to come forward with a lot of minor changes. A pre-installed variant of Microsoft Office 2013 is to come preinstalled in Surface Pro. As it is bundled with Windows 8, the app needs to be activated by users. But, it is a great thing that the tablet is to pre-load the much-wanted suite of office software items.

Many new improvements are expected as far as features in the tab are concerned. According to Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang, Surface Pro 2 will include Outlook. “It’s the killer app for Windows,” Huang said and he also admitted the news that Nvidia was working with Microsoft to realize the second Surface tablet. “Now we’re going to bring it with the second-generation Surface. We’re working really hard on it, and we hope that it’s going to be a big success.” One more aspect where we are set to see major improvement is connectivity options. As per reports, Microsoft is to bring in a lot of new connectivity technologies like NFC and LTE to the device. If the rumors are true, it would be the first tablet to use the brand new faster, low-energy 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. Further, the Display Port on Surface Pro will let you stream video to an external monitor that has screen resolution up to 2560 x 1600p. Besides, being a new upgrade, naturally Surface Pro 2 will be looking further smarter. It won’t be just copying the form factor of the original Surface Pro, but will have some minor changes at least. It will be further thinner and lightweight than the Surface Pro original. So things are absolutely looking fabulous as far s this monster of a new tablet is concerned. So without doubt things are looking extremely enticing at the moment.


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  • Rick Tibbitts

    I’m a Microsoft guy and can not wait to buy Surface Pro v.2. But some of your statements are a bit over the top even for a MS fan like me:

    “Almost every reviewer worth of his or her salt said that the tablet was the best in every way and left its competitors far behind.”

    Not from what I read. Lots of complaints about battery life, HD space, the single angle on the kickstand, etc. Sounds like all of these issues and more are being addressed in v. 2 but MS got beat up on these items and more on v. 1.

    “Surface Pro comes with the sort of specifications that can make price cut almost unthinkable for many.”

    Though I’m hoping for a price cut on v. 2, I would pay as much as the original asking price on v. 1 if they do all that I’ve heard they are doing. But to say that based on the prior specs that many could not think of a possible price cut is way off base.
    I have a wad of cash just waiting for Surface v. 2 to come on the market. Hoping it’s released well ahead of the holiday season and MS opens up the sales channels to include the major retailers.

  • Cory Miller

    Perhaps an unbiased report, written by a more skilled writer that
    proof-reads their work, might prove to be a more credible and
    authoritative source.