surfaceevent1_560Per The Verge, Microsoft is going to be revealing the Surface 2 on September 23rd in New York City. It sounds like much like the existing Surface RT and Surface pro models, the Surface 2 is going to come in two varieties. Improvements include a new kickstand, the Pro model will sport a Haswell processor instead of a mobile-centric Tegra chip, and they're going to be boasting 8GB of onboard RAM.

The existing Surface product lineup hasn't seemed to pose too much of a threat to the iPad, and while the keyboard case is pretty cool, it hasn't stopped them from losing $900m on the project. Still, additional competition in the mobile space is good for everyone as the hope is that even though you may be fully entrenched in the iOS ecosystem, you can keep your fingers crossed that come of the cooler features/functionality might eventually leak its way over to our side of the fence.

I guess we'll see on the 23rd.

[via The Verge]

  • mantenner

    Um you said the PRO model will receive a has well instead of a generic tegra, pro never had a tegra........

    • shaver

      Very good point, I will have to reassess my opinion of the article.

  • Bool Zero

    Sadly it will be for not as their app market is paltry at best... I'd love to get a Windows tablet but with the current state of the Microsoft App Store it leaves me apprehensive as it would be more of a curio purchase than something that could replace what my iPad can do...

    • >:D

      Well a Surface Pro can run almost anything that a normal PC can, like .exe files. It's just the RT that's restricted to the store...

  • felipe

    Who cares!?

  • shaver

    Eli, I'm concerned about the respect you show for other platforms and advantages or innovations they might offer over Apple's products. This is not the sort of dogmatic, cognitive-dissonance-fighting, absolutist perspective on which the modern Apple/iOS press is built. I fear that your open-minded approach, should it continue, may negatively affect your business, or even dilute the reputation of iOS game sites as frothing fanboy mosh pits.

    Just looking out for you.

    • Bool Zero

      While I respect that perspective I can't say I totally agree with it. You have a point but even myself being a self admitted Apple only man still find it interesting what the other guys are doing. Like I commented earlier I would be more than interested in the Windows tablet were it not for the glaring fact of it's lacking store front; and I am consider my interests very heavily entrenched in Apples camp. Just because this site caters to iOS doesn't mean that folks here are disinterested in anything else. We have many folks here who travel many borders of gaming, whether it be iOS, Android, or handheld consoles like Vitas and NDS. Lets never assume that folks are total fanboys and disinterested in anything other than iOS specific news.

      • shaver

        ...

      • Drizzt79

        You've been trolled! :)

    • PureRumble

      Dont think i missed your sarcasm, but still as soon as i read a news title with the word "microsoft" my mind just zones out and i skip to the next.

      And this is just because of a looooooong list of their products that i have used and they've been nothing but pure plague and agony.

      Im talking about the plague win 95 that tormented me. Im talking about the plague win 98 that tormented me. Im talking about the plague win vita that tormented me. And microsoft word. And internet explorer that is such a catastrophic disaster that it nearly got me to give up on web development because of microsofts disgusting disrespect international web standards. Im also talking about all the f***ing security vulnerabilities that kept you on a constant level of high alert, 'cause you never knew when your comp was about to getting "touched" in the awful way.

      When you have put your trust in a company and their products for so long and they have in return shown such a huge disrespect towards you as an individual customer (microsoft customer support, anyone?) and are clearly only capable of thinking in units of market shares and hopefully monopoly...

      Well you kind of learn on a deep level to NOT to go back just because they plunge into a new market (such as mobile devices) and say "hey trust us... We have changed"

      • shaver

        Breathe.

      • PureRumble

        ... (?)

      • http://ascii.textfiles.com/ iPadCary

        Quiet, you.
        Again.

      • darkcheetah

        Really. I had nothing but good memories of Windows 98 2nd Ed. I still miss it actually to this day. Though I always preferred DOS. From what I've seen of the Surface they're garbage so I don't see this second iteration being any better.

    • http://ascii.textfiles.com/ iPadCary

      Quiet, you.

  • QWERTYthebold

    This article has almost NOTHING to do with IOS. It really doesn't belong here.

    • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

      TA staff have always said they aren't completely dedicated to iOS. If another form of touchscreen gaming becomes popular enough, it'll be covered.

      • darkcheetah

        Yet there is no Android coverage...

    • http://ascii.textfiles.com/ iPadCary

      I disagree.
      It's fun to watch Microsoft continually & so blatantly eff itself up!

  • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

    Now I know what the answer to losing $900m is. Start over and do the same thing again. Good thing they got rid of Ballmer, they never would have figured that out otherwise.

    • shaver

      That's what they did with Vista->7, their developer tools, X360, Word, 98->XP, IE3->4 and then especially 8->9. They have enough cash and talent to play a lot of rounds.

  • http://ascii.textfiles.com/ iPadCary

    Wait a minute ....
    Didn't they just take a billion-dollar bath on Surface1?!?
    What possesses Microsoft to think that people want an upgraded version
    of something they didn't originally want in the first place?
    Boy oh boy, Ballmer's going out with a bang, isn't he ....

    • iammane

      Yeah lol was thinking the same thing... I can picture the meeting where a bunch of executives said "Well, we have 900 mil worth of old hardware laying around, but I think the people will REALLY love it this time around."

      • mutts

        It's called learning from your mistakes.
        Something MS excels in.

      • iammane

        I see what you did there ;) lol

  • mutts

    As always with MS they tend to confuse themselfs.
    In this case a RT and Pro version.
    Where the pro is basicly a pc in tablet form the RT is actually a tablet.
    Then there is the fact that both version do not have the gig on board that is advertised, sinve a huge part is taken by the Os itself. I had a 32 gig pro for work, and while it was a good tablet it only had 16 gig free. This was with office and other work apps installed. And the size doesn't help either.

    So unless windows is downsized en the tablet to i'll pass.

    • mutts

      A correction i have a surface RT :)

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      If it comes with 32gigs and only 16gig is free b/c the OS takes the rest, I think we must 'class action lawsuit' for Microsoft to change their name to Megasoft.
      (Or, considering the sad Surface, they could rename to Megaflop.)

      • lepke

        Spot on.

    • ZarieoZ

      Well the 128gb iPad comes with 115gb too. Wile the system only takes like 3 gb there is nearly 10gb not accounted for. Why?? Cause there is miscalculations between saying that gig is 1024m when in actually hardware it's not (or something like that) & when itmaffects 16gb devices by 5 gig it will affect larger devices by more. I for one as a customer is not supposed to go ahead & search all that, if it says 128gb than that is what I should get, simple & easy!! & you know what I should get the the full 128gb, while they add their software in extra gigs they don't mention to customers. If its advertised with a size, the customer should get that, maximum 4 gb taken. No more. It's really disappointing. Haaaa... Finally got,that out. Glad you got me started!! Was heavy to carry this around ;-)

  • lolsamsungfags

    they better damn well put a new haswell in. With the surface rt they put an already released tegra 3 which was a terrible idea. Lets all hope they put a "newer" haswell into the new pro. I expect 8-10 hours of battery life...

  • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

    Aren't they coming out with a sexy watch, too? I think it can remotely crash your computer from anywhere. Oh, and there's a button that exposes your computer to viruses (virii, I know, but who else knows that?). And their watch lets you install a version of iTunes which slows your computer down and duplicates all your song files.
    Oh wait -- you don't need the watch for those standard Windows "features".
    (posted via Windows work PC)

    • shaver

      ("Viruses" is the correct plural; if it were a Latinate plural it would just be "viri".)

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        I think virii contains a powerful meme that blows peoples' minds.

  • lepke

    Maybe when they add the 16gb ram needed to just run the OS I will care. Who am I kidding, I will never buy an MS tablet...

  • darkcheetah

    It would be nice if this would convince Apple to add more ram to the iPad. If you're into music production it is sorely lacking in this department.

  • hizaira

    who is microsoft?