Microsoft revamp Surface tablets, not that anyone'll care

24 September 2013

surface Microsoft, talking to an empty room, have announced a "fundamental revamp" of their Surface tablet/laptop hybrids, with new models promising better battery life and processing speed.

The new tablets will look identical to the old ones which failed to win over punters, however, they'll have a new kick-stand so you can have your tablet at two angles, rather than the crappy steep angle on the old one.

The Windows OS update hopes to solve some of the previous complaints by users, but alas, it'll still be unfamiliar and counter-intuitive to most people.

The new Surface tablets have full 1080p, 10.1-inch HD screens and upgraded processors (the Surface 2 has Nvidia’s Tegra 4 1.7GHz processor and the Pro 2 has Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell i5) as well as more memory and storage options to choose from.

The lower priced model will be flogged for somewhere between £359 and £439 whilst the Pro 2 will go between £719 and £1,439. Now, is anyone actually going to buy one?

[Indy]

TOPICS:   Technology   Gadgets

9 comments

  • Tits M.
    I'd buy a Surface Pro 2, get more for your money than a MacBook air. The only people moaning about it are the Brighthouse purchased iPhone owning mouth breathers on benefits where it would mean having to cancel Sky or cut back on Benson and Hedges to afford one.
  • jokester
    An ideal tablet for people who aren't Apple fans but still want to spend huge amounts on a massively overpriced low-tech tablet. For everyone else, there is a huge range of Android tablets that can MORE for a lot less money. They are also far better built than the Microsoft tablets (excluding the cheapo Android tablets). In particular, look at the new Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10. Although personally, I don't really see the point of a tablet - they aren't advanced enough to replace a laptop, and they aren't small enough to replace a phone, so it's just another device to lug around without good reason for most people. In certain job roles, or if you spend a lot of the time on planes/trains, then it might be more practical than a laptop but you still need a full computer to do many tasks.
  • Tits M.
    Jokestar - I'd be interested to hear what Android tablet can do more than a fully fledged windows 8.1 tablet. Some android devices are great, but theres a reason why this costs twice as much as most. I can think of lots of things that a Surface Pro could do that would be impossible on android (or ios)
  • jokester
    I listed plenty of features Android tablets have but Surface tablets are missing, but unfortunately "Your comment is awaiting moderation."
  • Tits M.
    That is probably because you forgot to include the obligatory insult or reference to foxes.
  • shakesheadsadly
    "Now, is anyone actually going to buy one?" "the Pro 2 will go between £719 and £1,439." That'll be a no then. I'll stick with my Asus Transformer. After buying that, the only thing I use my laptop for now is photoshop. And you sort of can do those bits on the tab, but it's a lot easier on a laptop.
  • jokester
    @Tits McGee: Android tablets usually have the following features missing from Surface & Surface Pro tablets: GPS,NFC,Gorilla glass, better camera, stereo speakers, ability to take a SIM, higher res, much higher pixel density, can buy up to SEVEN for the price of ONE Surface Pro.
  • jokester2
    @TM: I’d really like to hear what features a Surface Pro can do that an Android tablet can’t – apart from specific bits of software obviously which always vary between OSs obviously.
  • jokester2
    @TM: Any response?

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