Although I believed the Intel Core i3 and i7 processors inside the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet will be from the next generation Intel Broadwell chip family, it turned out that they’ll be actually the current Haswell chips. Namely the Intel Core i7-4650U and i3-4020Y. They will accompany the i5-4300U as the already known option.
Microsoft unveiled today the Surface Pro 3 Windows-based tablet. With its keyboard accessory, kickstand on the back, and a larger 12″ display than the 10.6″ on the Pro 2, the new device targets the traditional laptop users. At the same time, you’re getting a quite portable tablet despite the bigger screen. It only 0.36″ inches thin and weighs 1.76 pounds.
Microsoft has made available for pre-orders the battery-equipped Surface Power Cover keyboard, which “extends the battery life of your Surface up to 70% and doubles as a screen cover.” The Power Keyboard which is compatible with Surface 2, Surface Pro, and Surface Pro 2 tablets is priced at $199.99 and is expected to start shipping on March 19th.
UPDATE: The 4G Surface 2 is now available.
Microsoft’s Surface 2 tablet will be soon available with built-in 4G LTE connectivity alongside Wi-Fi wireless, according to the latest leaked info. A couple of images published by Windows Phone Central reveal package of the Nvidia Tegra processor- and Windows RT-based Surface 2 model with AT&T’s 4G mobile broadband.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet with Windows RT 8.1 operating system, a 10.1-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 4G LTE connectivity, and 32GB of internal storage is going on sale today (Nov 22nd) in the US. Offered via AT&T and Verizon cellural carriers, it’s $499 off contract or $399 with 2-year data plan agreements. AT&T customers also have a choice to get it for $199 if they purchase it bundled with Lumia 925, Lumia 1020, or Lumia 1520 Windows phones. With the given specifications and pricing, the same slate form factor with optional keyboard covers, and RT version of Windows, it’s obvious that the Nokia Lumia 2520 is a direct competitor of the Microsoft’s own Surface 2, priced at $499 for the 32GB version. However, if you take a look at the specs sheets more closely, you’ll find out many differences between them.
Microsoft has unveiled recently the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, new versions of the company’s 10.6-inch Windows tablets which now come with faster processors, updated OS, refined design, and a whole new line of accessories.
The Windows 8.1 RT-based Surface 2 with the Nvidia Tegra 4 computing platform and full Win 8.1-based Surface Pro 2 with the 4th Generation Intel Haswell i5 CPU are now more lap-friendly, because they have two positions of their kickstands. Besides the old 22-degree angle, there’s also a 55-degree position of the kickstand, which is more suitable for use on your lap. An important update on the Surface 2 versus the original Surface RT is the screen resolution bump from 1366×768 to 1920×1080 pixels, so both new devices are Full HD.