Microsoft Announces the new generation Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro Tablets and Accessories.

Microsoft Surface 2

This morning, Microsoft showed off their next generation Surface Tablets, the Surface 2 running windows 8.1 RT and the Surface Pro 2 running Windows 8.1 pro. Here is what’s new:

Surface 2

  • New 2 stage Kickstand
  • Tegra 4 SOC for up to 4 times the performance of the old Tegra 3
  • Bigger battery, for up to 10 hours of battery life
  • 10.1″ 1080p IPS Screen (the old one was only 768p)
  • USB 3.0, Micro SD and HD video out ports
  • Increased WiFi and RAM performance
  • Users get 200GB of Skydrive Storage free for 2 years when they buy a Surface 2
  • 1 Year free Skype calling to landlines also included
  • Windows 8.1 RT Installed
  • Outlook 2013 RT preinstalled
  • Now thinner at 8.9mm and lighter at 676 grams
  • Now comes in both black and white
  • Starting at $449.99
  • Pre-Orders start Sept 24, Shipping to 21 markets Oct 21.

Surface Pro 2

  • New 2 stage kickstand
  • Intel 1.6GHz Core i5 Haswell processor (which is supposed to be faster and quieter then its predecessor)
  • 10.1″ 1080p Clearblack IPS Screen
  • Up to 512GB Internal Storage
  • 2 USB 2 Ports, 1USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, Micro SD slot, audio in/out and charging ports.
  • Can output up to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels on an external display
  • Battery life increased by as much as 75% due to battery, architectural changes, CPU and platform changes.
  • Windows 8.1 Installed
  • 1 Year free Skype calling to landlines also included
  • 200GB Free Skydrive storage for 2 years
  • 4GB or 8GB RAM depending on package
  • Starting at $899.99 for the 64GB/4GB RAM package and increasing depending on package
  • Pre-Orders start Sept 24, Shipping to 21 markets Oct 21.


As well as these new tablets, Microsoft also announced several new accessories for the Surface series. The new accessories are; A docking station that also charges the Surface, a new Touch Cover that is both thinner and lighter then its predecessor, the Type Cover now in 4 new colours, the new Power Cover; which adds a battery to the type cover for extended range from your tablet, and a Wireless Adapter for type covers.


So there you have it, the new Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Tablets. For more information and pre order info you can go to Microsoft.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody

Nvidia Announces the Tegra Note, a tablet platform based on Tegra 4


So Nvidia has announced what appears to be a reference tablet platform design. The Idea here being that they come up with the design for the hardware, software, OTA Updates, and their partners (eVGA, PNY, etc) build and distribute them. It is not unlike how they design GPU’s, by building reference designs and then having their hardware partners build them and bring them to market. So what is it about the Tegra Note that you should be excited about? Well here are the specs for the platform:

Processor Tegra 4 mobile processor with quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and 72-core GeForce GPU
Display 7-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 800)
Camera Rear 5MP and front VGA webcam
Storage 16GB storage with microSD expandable up to an additional 32GB
Audio Front-facing “HD Audio” stereo speakers with a unique bass-reflex port
Stylus Chisel and Brush tips for natural writing and broad strokes
Peripherals Micro HDMI connector to drive big screen TV videos and gaming
OS 100% Android with latest version of the OS
Software Updates Over-the-air software updates directly from NVIDIA
Battery Life 10 hours HD video playback

Also users get OTA (Over the Air) Updates provided directly by Nvidia, thus making sure everyone on the platform has the latest and greatest software running on their tablets.

Also of note, Nvidia has given us a list of unique features that they are bringing to the Tegra Note platform, they are as follows.

  • Ultra-fast performance — Powered by Tegra 4 with a 72-core GeForce GPU and quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU with a fifth battery-saver core, making Tegra Note the world’s fastest 7-inch tablet.
  • Superb stylus — NVIDIA DirectStylus technology transforms a normal stylus into an incredibly responsive experience with finer point and broader stroke control. It also comes bundled with apps for convenient, stroke-based note taking.
  • Exceptional sound — NVIDIA PureAudio technology offers rich, deep audio — including the widest frequency range in a tablet — through front-facing stereo speakers with a bass-reflex port.
  • Groundbreaking camera — The camera uses Tegra 4’s processing power and Chimera computational photography architecture to deliver stunning new features. Tegra Note also brings SmugMug’s Camera Awesome app — one of the top camera apps on iOS — to Android. Camera Awesome delivers exclusive Tegra 4 features like tap-to-track and 100 fps video with slow-motion playback.
  • TegraZone gaming — Delivering unmatched gaming, NVIDIA TegraZone provides easy access to Tegra-optimized games with visual effects that aren’t available on other tablets. Tegra Note also supports a variety of game controllers for console-class gaming.
  • Great battery life — 10-plus hours of HD video playback.
  • Accessories galore — An intelligent slide cover flips and bends to support and cover the tablet. It also lets the tablet be set up in three distinct positions using built-in magnets for added flexibility. The DirectStylus Pro Pack enables a variety of writing styles with interchangeable tips. And Bluetooth capabilities turn the tablet into a game controller.

Over the next few months we will be seeing Tegra Note tablets rolling out around the world, eVGA and PNY in North America; EVGA, Oysters and ZOTAC in Europe; Colorful, Shenzhen Homecare Technology and ZOTAC in Asia-Pacific; and XOLO in India.

And it starts at a suggested retail price of $199. This is in hopes of getting more people to buy into the platform, all of which is running 100% on Android.

We will be filling you in on more details when they are available to us.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody