Microsoft Surface 2

Released October, 2013
  • 10.6"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 RT
This also coped well with outdoor pictures on the rear camera taken on an overcast day; despite the cloud, colours were bright and fairly accurate.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Features Key features of the Microsoft Surface 2

screen resolution

Surface 2
1920 x 1080
iPad 3
1024 x 768
iPad mini
1024 x 768


Surface 2
2 GB
iPad 3
0.5 GB

camera resolution

Surface 2
3.5 MP
iPad 3
1.2 MP
iPad mini
1.2 MP

CPU Cores

Surface 2
Quad core
iPad 3
Dual core
iPad mini
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Surface 2
1.7 GHz
iPad 3
1 GHz
iPad mini
1 GHz

Reviews Word on the street for the Microsoft Surface 2

It's clear Microsoft has thought about what makes a good interface, which is where it perhaps went wrong with its original touch interface from 2012.

Other aspects of the display also shine, since it features wide viewing angles, punchy colors, and handles outdoor usage quite well.

The 1,920 by 1080 resolution is great for movies (and means you'll keep the DPI and zoom settings up, because while text is crisp, clear and smooth it can also be a little small on the 10.6-inch screen).


7.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


But when we first set up the Surface 2, installing apps and syncing all our email and files from SkyDrive (which means the Wi-Fi was in almost constant use) and running multiple Office applications and browser windows on the desktop, using the Balanced power profile and with the screen brightness on half, we measured five hours of solid use before the battery went from fully charged to just 6.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
If you add in third-party apps, there's a reasonable choice of apps and the selection is growing steadily.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
While you get the improved and new apps that come with Windows 8.1 - from Alarms and Calculator to News, Food and Drink and Movie Moments - you can also find another 100,000 in the Store.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)


It has a new screen (though not Retina Display-class), a new two-position kickstand, USB 3, a faster processor, new keyboards and all the new features of Windows 8.1, from IE 11 to SkyDrive integration to more Snap window sizes.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
You can choose between using IE in the familiar desktop interface or the cleaner full-screen immersive interface.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
First and foremost, details are significantly sharper, which is an expected benefit from a higher count camera.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)

Operating System

But Windows 8 and Windows RT didn't have a fraction of the iOS and Android apps, the kickstand didn't always hold it up in your lap and not everyone like Windows 8 enough to see Surface as a real iPad competitor.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Added to which, the level of big name Windows Store apps is still way below that of the iOS and Android equivalents.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
For example, Kayak has an excellent app for booking hotels that makes good use of photos to help you find somewhere that looks nice; Tripit doesn't have an official app but there is a Windows 8 version of the excellent third-party My Trips app.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Operating system

First - with the notable exception of Microsoft Office 2013, which is bundled for free - Windows RT is still not compatible with legacy Windows programs.
by c|net (Oct, 2013)
As we know, Surface 2 doesn't run full Windows 8, instead opting for the hobbled Windows RT without support for legacy desktop - unlike Atom-based 8-inch tablets that you'll see on sale for similar prices.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
For starters, we truly wonder why there’s even a need to have to have Windows RT 8.1 tablets in general, seeing that throughout the last year alone, we’ve seen a handful of Intel Atom based Windows 8 tablets that prove the point that they’re far more versatile than this.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)


On the flip side, using is as a primary daily driver, something more akin to power users, we’re able to achieve a battery life of 12 hours from a full charge.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)
Microsoft claims up to ten hours of playing videos; we actually saw 12 hours of video playback in some of our tests.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Using it lightly and as a secondary device, we’re able to get close to 2.5 days of battery life, which is pretty damn good.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 10.6"
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080
PPI 207 ppi


  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No


Cores Quad core
Clock speed 1.7 GHz


Has a GPS No
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes


Internal storage 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB
Supported card formats
  1. microSDXC
  2. microSD
  3. microSDHC
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 3.5 MP
Rear camera 5 MP


USB support 1 USB 3.0
Hdmi support 1 Micro HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 675 g
Size 274.6 x 172.5 x 8.9 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm
Battery life 10 hour
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