Everything you need to know about the new Surface Tablets

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Surface 2 Rumors: Which were true and which were false

The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 have been unveiled by Microsoft and are now official

It’s going to be called the Surface 2 (TRUE)

Microsoft may have decided it would rather not lumber its next tablet with the stigma of “RT,” but as it can’t change the OS, it may just change the name. A report from AdDuplex says it has been regularly seeing a, “Surface 2” listed on its database, indicating Microsoft will distance itself from RT by simply not putting it in the name.

Surface Event InvitationIt will be announced Sept. 23 (TRUE)

An event has been announced for September 23 in New York, where Microsoft will reveal the Surface 2 and its sister tablet, the Surface Pro 2. The invitation, which says Surface and is in the shape of a Surface tablet attached to a Touch Cover keyboard, rather gives the game away.

It will still run Windows RT (TRUE)

Yes, but it’s probably going to be Windows 8.1 RT. The next version of the OS will come with a new version of Outlook, performance enhancements, alterations to the Settings application, further integration of SkyDrive, and a stronger link between the Start screen and the Desktop. It still won’t be able to run full Windows programs though.

Tegra 4 and Intel Haswell support (TRUE)

A comprehensive rundown of the Surface 2’s potential specification has been published by WinSuperSite.com, known to be a solid source for Microsoft-related gossip. According to the report, the Surface 2 will have a 10.6-inch touchscreen with a 1080p resolution, up from the 1368 x 768 pixels on the Surface RT.

Last time out, Microsoft stuffed a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor inside its RT tablet, and this time it’s expected to go with the Tegra 4. This is probably the most exciting part of the Surface 2, as the Tegra 4 chip is something of a powerhouse, but hasn’t found its way into much hardware this year, with most of its thunder stolen by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

The chassis is again going to be made from VaporMg, and be the same dimensions as the Surface RT, but the integrated kickstand may have two positions this time around. Other specs may include a USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card slot, and a battery providing around eight hours of use.

It will have a Power Cover and docks (TRUE)

Along with WinSuperSite, Neowin also has the scoop on one of two potential accessories for the Surface 2. The Power Cover is an evolution of the Touch Cover for the first Surface, which uses a proper keyboard rather than the touch-sensitive type. As you may have guessed from its name, a battery will be built in to power the Surface while it’s connected. If the information is correct, it will work with both the Surface 2, the Surface Pro, and the Surface Pro 2, but not the original Surface RT.

The second accessory is a desktop dock for the new tablets. The Surface Dock will enable a full-size keyboard, a mouse, and an external monitor to be attached to the tablet, turning it into a desktop replacement machine. Various ports including four USB sockets, an Ethernet connection, and a mini Display Port should be fitted to the dock itself. Like the Power Cover, it’ll probably work with all Surface tablets except the first RT.

It will be a lot cheaper (FALSE)

This is the big question, as the initially high price tag attached to the Surface RT was a problem it could have done without. There’s concern it’s going to come in at $500, which puts it not only in direct competition with the Apple iPad, but also above some of the new wave 2-in-1 hardware running full Windows 8. Not a good idea if Microsoft wants to drive adoption of RT. A reporter for GigaOm.com says he’d rather see the Surface 2 priced at $350, even if it meant retaining the Surface RT’s screen resolution.

That’s the current, drastically reduced, price of the 32GB Surface RT. If you want the Touch Cover too, it’s $400. Microsoft would likely gain a lot of goodwill if it can keep these prices for the Surface 2. 

We’ll find out all there is to know about the Surface 2 on September 23, so look out for official news on the day, and in the meantime should any other rumors surface (sorry) between now and then, we’ll update you here.

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