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Surface 2 Release Date, Price, Announcement, Specs: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Will Launch at $900 [VIDEO]

(Photo : Facebook/Surface Pro) Microsoft is set to hold several sneak peek events to show off the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 tablets.

Grab the new Surface tablet for $900.

Microsoft unveiled the powerful new Surface Pro 2 tablet at a special press event today.

The premium device will debut at $900, while the entry level Surface 2 - the follow-up to the Surface RT - will launch at $450, Apple Insider reports.

Both tablets are lighter and thinner than their predecessors, and both go on sale Oct. 22.

They also boast a new kickstand that can be adjusted to two different positions: one optimized for tabletop use and one better suited for your lap.

Meanwhile, a new report suggests Microsoft is prepping a powerful new tablet in the Surface Pro 2.

The Surface 2 Pro is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 Haswell processor and boasts 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.

The tablet will start at $900 for a 64GB version. Also available will be a 128GB version for $1,000, a 256GB version for $1,300, and a 512GB version for $1,700, CNET reports.

The Surface Pro 2 also has USB 3.0 support, an upgrade over the original device.

Meanwhile, the lower-priced Surface 2 will leave the Surface RT in the dust.

Microsoft's new entry-level tablet will address some of the biggest complaints surrounding the original Surface RT tablet.

The Surface 2 packs 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 will launch with a 1080p screen and a kickstand that can snap to two different angles.

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

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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