• Microsoft Surface 2 release: Out now
  • Gizmag reviews the Surface 2, the second-generation version of Microsoft's Windows RT hybrid PC.
  • The Surface 2 is priced at $449 for the 32GB model, while the 64GB model will cost you $549.
  • Using that familial connection I would call the Surface 2 and Surface 3 third cousins.

Microsoft Surface 2 (32 GB)


Unlike the Surface Pro 2, which comes in four storage configurations with either four or eight gigs of RAM, the Surface 2 keeps things simple. You've got but two choices here: the 32GB model, which costs $449, and the 64GB version, which goes for $549. Other than the amount of built-in storage, the specs are identical: quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 10.6-inch (1,920 x 1,080) IPS display and a battery rated for up to 10 hours of video playback.

Truly, though, people who buy the iPad apparently don't care about having a built-in kickstand; they want iOS, and the apps that go with it. Likewise, we suspect if you're considering the Surface 2, you're probably not interested in the iPad. So, rather than belabor the iPad comparison (yes, it has more apps; yes, it's more expensive with less storage) we'd rather focus on Windows tablets.


The price on the Surface Pro 2 remains at $899.

Here, there is a new kickstand built into the back of the tablet itself – this one has two angles (20 and 40 degrees) to prop up the Surface 2 when typing.