Microsoft is expected to launch two new devices on Monday, September 23, 2013. The Surface 2 will replacing the Surface RT, and the Surface Pro 2 will replace the Surface Pro. But the pricing on both new devices may still be too high to interest small businesses.
The Microsoft Surface 2 is expected to start at $499 with a 64GB version priced at $599, ZDNet reports. Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 2 is expected to retail at $899.
Existing Surface RT and Surface Pro models will still be available, although we’re not sure for how much longer. The next generation models will not be shipped until October.
There’s certainly a demand for Windows tablets among small business owners seeking an alternative to Apple or Android operating systems. But recently Microsoft was forced to cut prices on both the Surface RT and Surface Pro when sales were disappointing for both devices.
A Peek at the New Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2
Paul Thurrott reports on his Super Site for Windows that the new Microsoft Surface 2 will include:
- A 10.6-inch HD screen
- Front and rear cameras
- Up to 8 hours of battery life
- Windows RT 8.1 and Outlook RT
Meanwhile, the new Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is expected to have the same dimensions but be heavier (2 pounds vs. the 1.5 pounds of Surface 2) and thicker (.53 inches vs. .37 inches). It will also have slightly less battery life. The thicker device will have the option for a newly designed dock allowing it to function more like a desktop, but won’t come with Windows Office installed.
Two other Windows tablet devices may be unveiled soon, one from Dell on Oct. 2 and another from Nokia later in the month.
Surface Pro Image: Microsoft
I’d be intrigued enough to check out a Surface 2 at $499.
Don’t tell me that! I was anticipating the release of the Surface Pro II until I saw that expected price tag. I know the prices will drop sooner or later, but I like my new tech when it’s still new.
The models look slim, light weight and compact. Just the other day, my business partner was contemplating of getting Microsoft Surface Pro while window-shopping, but decided to wait a little longer.
I saw a preview of the Surface Pro 2 last week in the IT department where I work (along with Google Glasses, btw). I so have tech envy for anyone who snags one.
I think that this is the perfect gadget to go with the new Windows 8. But at $499? That’s just way too pricey for me. I have no trouble shedding that money for a brand new iPhone. I guess it has to establish more a sense of exclusivity to really convince people to spend that much.