New Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Windows tablets announced, out October 22

Surface 2 and Pro 2Microsoft has introduced two new Windows tablets at an event in New York, updating the first models it released over the past year. The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 come with more modern specifications, but share a similar design to the outgoing models, and will be available to order very soon. So, which one is for you?

If you’re a casual tablet user, or are considering an iPad or upper range Android tablet, then Microsoft is aiming the Surface 2 at you. It uses a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, and has a big 10.6-inch display with a 1080p resolution. The tablet runs Windows RT 8.1, which means you must rely on content from the Microsoft application store, but as it contains at least 100,000 apps, you should find plenty to keep you occupied. The Surface 2 also comes with Office and Outlook pre-installed.

However, if you’re looking for a tablet for work, then the Surface Pro 2 is more suitable. The screen is the same as the Surface 2, but the tablet is powered by an Intel Core i5 Haswell chip, and is loaded with the full version of Windows 8.1. This allows you to install just about any Windows program you like, and you’ll find the full version of Office already installed too.

Microsoft has priced the Surface 2 at $450 and the Surface Pro 2 at $900 in the U.S., but has yet to confirm its prices for the UK. We’ll find out after 1pm today, when both tablets will be up for pre-order through Microsoft’s online store, ready for release on October 22.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars