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Microsoft unveils new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets

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surface22Microsoft has introduced two new additions to its Surface tablet range – the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 – which will be available in Australia from October 22.

The Windows devices feature the same sized 10.6-inch screen but it now has full high definition 1920 x 1080 resolution.

The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are thinner – now 8.9mm – and lighter – 679g – than the original Surface tablets.

The Surface 2 also has a longer battery life which can last for up to 10 hours – a 25 per cent improvement over their predecessors.

It gets even better with the Surface Pro 2 with a 60 per cent improvement in battery performance so the device can be used all day

They both also have an upgraded dual angle Kickstand so it’s comfortable to use whether it’s in your lap or being used on a desktop.

The Surface 2 is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and now includes a USB 3.0 port that offers four times faster transfer speeds than USB 2.0.

Surface Pro 2 has a fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor under the hood that dramatically increases the performance of the device to match that of a laptop or desktop.

A new docking station will also be available for the Surface Pro 2 in early 2014 and, once connected to the tablet, will allow users to connect an external monitor, full sized keyboard, a printer, speakers and other peripherals.

The new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2

Also unveiled were new Touch and Type Covers that can not only protect the Surface screen but also double as a keyboard.

The Surface 2 will be available with 32GB and 64GB of memory which will be priced at $529 and $639 respectively.

The Surface Pro 2 comes with a Surface Pro Pen for writing and drawing directly on the screen and comes in four versions – 64GB ($1019), 128GB ($1129), 256GB ($1469) and 512GB ($2039).

The devices will be available through the Microsoft website and in-store ay Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi.

User can pre-order the device from here.

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