Microsoft Surface 2 Release Date: Specs, Features, Rumors Surrounding Next-Gen Tablets
The Microsoft Surface 2 release date has yet to be officially confirmed, but tablet specs have surfaced online ahead of the speculated launch. Recent Microsoft Surface price cuts and unsuccessful sales would likely prompt the next-generation tablets. Microsoft Surface RT 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets are expected to release in 2014, which would mean the models would include the Windows 8.1 upgrade.
Microsoft Surface 2 specs include several new features, hopefully sparking prosperous tablet sales in light of the disastrous launch of the Surface RT tablets. Here are rumored features of the next-generation Microsoft Surface tablets:
The Microsoft Surface RT 2 and Surface Pro 2 are expected to feature fingerprint sensing technology, Design & Trend reports. This means that when a user picks up their tablet in a certain way, their analyzed and verified fingerprints will immediately unlock their device, eliminating the need for security processes. Apple has been reportedly developing this fingerprint sensing technology for the upcoming iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. The technology upgrade in the Surface 2 tablets would mean consumers could control media playing using fingerprint sensors.
Intel's New Haswell Processors
The rumored Microsoft Surface Pro 2 models will include Intel's new Haswell processors, according to KpopStarz. The newest Haswell fourth-generation Core processors are now featured in Windows 8-powered Ultrabooks, which wouldn't make the introduction of the new chip in the Surface Pro 2 Models surprising.
As for the Microsoft Surface RT 2 model, Tom's Hardware reports that Microsoft has added Qualcomm as a Surface RT supplier. This indicates that the Microsoft Surface RT 2 would feature the Snapdragon 800 chip for the LTE models, while Nvidia is expected to supply Tegra 4 for the Wi-Fi only tablets.
A source from the Surface Development Team reported that the display port on the Surface Pro 2 can drive a screen with resolutions up to 2560 by 1600 pixels. With the rumored Retina iPad Mini tablet expected to launch by 2014, a higher-resolution Microsoft tablet could help catapult sales.
The Surface 2 tablets could potentially be one of the first tablets to use the new high-speed, low power 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Microsoft would be one of the first tablet makers to use this wireless connectivity standard, giving the Surface Pro 2 and Surface RT 2 tablets an edge in the device race.
Additionally, the Microsoft Surface 2 tablets will reportedly be available in the 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB storage variants with Microsoft Office 2013 pre-installed. The Surface Pro 2 and Surface RT 2 will also highly likely feature the Windows 8.1 update. The Microsoft Surface 2 tablet release date is expected to launch in 2014.
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