Microsoft announces the Surface 2, the follow-up to the original Surface RT

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As promised, Microsoft has just revealed the Surface 2 here at its Surface-themed press event . Whereas the new Surface Pro 2 makes subtle changes to the original Pro, the Surface 2 is being billed as a totally revamped version of the original Surface RT. As rumored , it moves up to a higher-res 1080p ClearType display — the same one you’ll find on the new Surface Pro 2. Performance-wise, Microsoft says it’s doubled the BUS speed for the WiFi and the memory, and the CPU speed has increased “dramatically” as well. There’s also a USB 3.0 port on board, a step up from the USB 2.0 connection used on the original. All told, says Microsoft, the new model should run three to four times as fast as its predecessor, and the battery life should be 25 percent longer too. As for the design, this looks similar to the original, at least from a few feet away, but it’s thinner, lighter and is built from two pieces of magnesium, not three. And, of course, it sports the same two-stage kickstand as the new Surface Pro 2, which should make it easier to balance in your lap. Developing… %Gallery-slideshow89979% Filed under: Tablets , Microsoft Comments

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Microsoft announces the Surface 2, the follow-up to the original Surface RT

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