Microsoft Xbox Surface

First seen on November, 2012
  • 7"
  • 250 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8
Where the Type Cover offered satisfying travel and felt relatively sturdy, the Touch Cover was an exercise in style over functionality.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2014)

Features Key features of the Microsoft Xbox Surface

screen resolution

Xbox Surface
1280 x 720
Nexus 10 II
2560 x 1600


Xbox Surface
5 GB
iPad mini
0.5 GB

CPU Cores

Xbox Surface
Dual core
Nexus 7 II
Quad core

CPU Frequency

Xbox Surface
0.82 GHz
Nexus 10 II
2.3 GHz

Reviews Word on the street for the Microsoft Xbox Surface

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).

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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)

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

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)
Like the iOS and Android ecosystems, Microsoft services repay your loyalty with convenience.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Windows RT 8.1 is a definite improvement in many ways, but the Windows Store does still lag behind Google Play and the Apple App Store by some distance and it's the productivity gap between the lack of desktop software and the apps on the Windows Store that harms the overall score we're giving it here.
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)
Thankfully, Microsoft has carried out work under the Touch Cover 2's hood to increase precision, upping the number of key sensors from 80 to over 1,000.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2014)
We were almost moved to put up with the tablet's on-screen keyboard, such was its teeth-gnashing inaccuracy.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2014)


The soft-touch fleece underside of the previous covers is replaced by a smoother soft fabric; this feels more like neoprene than fleece.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
To save power, the backlight dims and then turns off when you stop typing for a few seconds - and comes back as soon as you touch a key again.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
The tablet itself is easier to use thanks to improved keyboard covers - even the Touch Cover 2 will prove more than adequate for most this time around.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 7"
Technology LCD
Resolution 1280 x 720
PPI 209 ppi


  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b


Cores Dual core
Clock speed 0.82 GHz

form factor

Weight 780 g


Internal storage 250 GB
RAM capacity 5 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD
Maximum capacity 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes


USB support 4 USB 3.0
Hdmi support 1 HDMI 1.4
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes
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