Surface 2 Pro Specs, Rumors: Microsoft Will Launch the Surface Pro 2 on Sept. 23 as Laptop Replacement, Here's What to Expect [VIDEO]

(Photo : Lucas Jackson) The second-generation Surface device will be unveiled at a press event Sept. 23.

Kiss your laptop goodbye.

The next Surface tablet will be powerful enough to be a full laptop replacement.

Microsoft will unveil two new Surface tablets at a press event Sept. 23.

Rumors suggest the Surface 2 Pro will be powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 Haswell processor and boast 8GB of RAM.

By comparison, the original Surface Pro is powered by a third-generation Intel Core i5 Processor and boasts just 4GB of RAM.

Another report shows the lower-priced Surface 2 will leave the Surface RT in the dust.

Microsoft's new entry-level tablet, expected to debut later this month alongside the flagship Surface Pro 2, will address some of the biggest complaints surrounding the original Surface RT tablet, Cite World reports.

New rumors suggest the Surface 2 will come with a faster Tegra 4 processor and twice the ram of its predecessor. Many consumers complained the Surface RT is too slow to start up and launch apps.

The tablet's operating system, while still withholding full desktop functionality, will be based on Windows 8.1 for a further speed boost.

The tablet is also expected to launch with a 1080p screen and a kickstand that can snap to two different angles.

Finally, a rumor suggests the Surface 2 will launch with a white color option and USB 3.0 support.

Hand you iPad to Microsoft and get a Surface tablet for next to nothing.

Microsoft's new iPad trade-in program will give you a cool stack of cash toward the purchase of a Surface tablet -- or anything else from the Microsoft store.

Here's how it works: trade in your iPad 2, 3 or 4 and get no less than $200 -- and possibly significantly more -- of in-store credit at select Microsoft retail stores.

Only "gently" used iPads will be accepted, Tech Crunch reports.

The tech site points out that the Surface RT tablet costs $349, so a well-kept iPad could land your nearly enough cash to purchase one outright.

Meanwhile, a new report indicates Microsoft is working on a miniature version of its Windows 8 Surface tablet.

The rumored device appears on a new list of Windows 8.1 tablets coming before the end of the year, Toms Hardware reports.

The so-called Surface Mini will reportedly arrive a bit later than the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 tablets. Rumors suggest it will boast an 8-inch screen and a Qualcomm processor.

Meanwhile, a new report suggests

Microsoft is also preparing to release a docking station for its Surface Pro line of tablets, according to a new report.

The dock will give users an easy way to keep your Surface charged, plus three USB ports for a full-sized keyboard, mouse or other accessories. It will also feature a microphone port and audio output port for headphones or external speakers, plus a 1 Gbps Ethernet port for a direct connection into a router

 Only the Surface Pro and upcoming Surface Pro 2 will work with the new dock; the Surface RT isn't compatible.

In related news, Microsoft announced a $100 discount for the current-gen Surface Pro will extend indefinitely.

That brings the price of the Surface Pro to $799 for the 64GB model, and $899 for the 128GB model.

The tablet sale started on Aug. 4 and was set to run for just under four weeks. It was available in just the US, Canada and China and a few other markets reports, but now the discount will extend to all markets where Microsoft sells the Surface.

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