Surface 2 rumors: specs, accessories, and more

Microsoft is planning two new Surface devices to replace its existing tablets. Although Surface sales have been slow, alongside a $900 million write off for the company, Microsoft is pushing ahead with a Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Both are rumored to include a number of accessories and improvements that address some of the initial complaints. Follow along here as we detail all the latest news, rumors, and leaks on the next-generation Surface tablets.

Major Updates

  • Update
    13 12 months ago 331

    We'll be live from Microsoft's Surface 2 event on Monday at 10:30AM ET

    Microsoft's next-generation Surface event is happening on Monday, September 23rd, and we'll be in New York City to provide you minute-by-minute live coverage of all the announcements. It's a safe bet we're expecting two new devices, judging by leaks over the past few weeks. Microsoft is expected to refresh its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets with Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Both of the new devices are expected to include an adjustable two-stage kickstand, and updated specifications.


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    A tablet refresh on the agenda
  • Update
    12 12 months ago 316

    Microsoft holding Surface 2 event on September 23rd in New York City

    Microsoft is preparing to launch its next-generation tablets at an event in New York City on September 23rd. The software maker has emailed press invites to the media today, asking them to save the date for a Surface event. After a number of recent leaks, it appears the company is ready to announce and unveil its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. Both will act as refreshed versions of the existing Surface RT and Surface Pro models. Sources familiar with Microsoft's Surface plans have...

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    New tablets and accessories on the way
  • Update
    11 12 months ago 114

    Surface 2 may debut in white and black with a 1080p screen and Tegra 4 processor

    Microsoft's next Surface tablet may debut with a white color variant. Paul Thurrott reports that he has "seen images of a white version of the device," where the front bezels of the device are still black. Microsoft has offered a range of colors for its Touch Cover accessories, but the company only ships a black model at the moment. Thurrott also claims the Surface 2, which will run on Windows RT 8.1 and drop the RT moniker, will also be powered by Nvidia's Tegra 4 and a 1080p display. Nvidia...

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    More rumors on Microsoft's tablet plans
  • Update
    10 12 months ago 34

    Surface Docking Station planned for upcoming Surface Pro 2

    Microsoft is currently readying the release of its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets, but the company is also building a number of accessories to match the devices when they debut later this year. Paul Thurrott and Neowin claim that the company is now preparing a Surface Pro docking station. Earlier this year, Microsoft said it didn't plan to create a dock, but the company has clearly changed its mind. The Verge can confirm that the report is accurate, and the accessory should debut...

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    Adjustable kickstand also planned for Surface 2
  • Update
    9 12 months ago 130

    Surface 2 will support new Power Cover keyboard with built-in battery

    Microsoft has long hinted at future Surface covers that could charge its tablet, and they'll be released later this year. Paul Thurrott reports that a new "Power Cover" accessory for Surface Pro, Surface 2, and Surface Pro 2, will ship later this year. The Verge can confirm the reports are accurate, and the new Power Cover will not work with the original Surface RT. The reason: Microsoft switched to a new connector style for the Surface Pro to support the new battery-equipped covers.

    The new...

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    New accessories and colors on the way
  • Update
    8 12 months ago 449

    Surface Pro 2 ready to go with an adjustable kickstand and improved battery life

    Microsoft has finalized the design of its Surface Pro 2 refresh and plans to ship it later this year. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the Surface Pro 2 design will be largely the same as the original, but the company is planning to include an adjustable kickstand on its latest tablet. The kickstand won't be fully adjustable, Microsoft is planning to support two positions of use with the Surface Pro 2: one traditional "laptop" mode and a new angle that's...

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    Surface RT successor also in the works
  • Update
    7 about 1 year ago 213

    Microsoft's Surface 2 could drop the 'RT' moniker

    AdDuplex has spotted what it believes could be a pair of new Surface tablets accessing its Windows ad network. The advertising network says it "regularly" sees devices named "Microsoft Corporation Surface 2" and "Microsoft Corporation Surface with Windows 8.1 Pro" viewing its ads. The former device is thought to be running Windows RT, just like the current-generation Surface for Windows RT, but it looks like Microsoft might be ready to drop the "RT" name from the device. While the second...

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    Surface RT no more?
  • Update
    6 about 1 year ago 229

    Nvidia reveals it's working on Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet

    Microsoft has cut the price of the Surface RT in recent weeks due to slow sales, but it appears there are other reasons the company wants to shift its current tablet supplies. In an interview with CNET, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has revealed that the chipmaker is working together with Microsoft on the next-generation Surface. Despite Microsoft's $900 million Surface RT write-down, Huang is hopeful about the upcoming Surface refresh.

    After claiming Outlook for Surface RT would make his "life...

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    The cat is out of the bag
  • Update
    5 about 1 year ago 389

    Surface Watch? Microsoft allegedly testing a 'translucent aluminum' smartwatch

    Microsoft's prototype smartwatch testing has moved over to its Surface team. Sources familiar with Microsoft's Surface plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is now prototyping devices directly under the Surface team as the firm moves its wrist-worn device closer to reality. Previously, Microsoft had been testing variations of a smartwatch designed and prototyped by the Xbox accessories team, with the original plan of a "Joule" heart rate monitor.

    The news follows prototype...

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    A Windows-powered wrist-worn device
  • Update
    4 about 1 year ago 115

    Microsoft teases updated Surface RT and Surface Pro devices with new accessory colors

    Microsoft started its new financial year recently, and the company has been showing off its plans for the rest of 2013 and beyond at its Worldwide Partner Conference this week. Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, showed off one particular slide that details updates to most of Microsoft's consumer facing businesses.

    Expected within the next year
  • Update
    3 about 1 year ago 138

    Microsoft anticipates 7-inch, 7.5-inch, and 10.6-inch Windows 8 tablets at super high resolutions

    Leading up to Microsoft's Build developer conference there were a number of rumors related to a possible Surface announcement. Now that both keynotes are over it's clear there's no new 7- or 8-inch Surface tablet or a refreshed Haswell Surface Pro. However, Microsoft appears to be dropping some accidental hints at the future of Surface and other 7- and 8-inch tablets.

    In a session today at Build, on building apps across multiple screen sizes, Microsoft showed off some of the anticipated s...

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    Small tablets coming in lots of sizes
  • Update
    2 about 1 year ago 120

    Microsoft planning improved Surface RT with Qualcomm processor

    Microsoft is planning to refresh its Surface RT with a Qualcomm processor. Existing Surface RT devices use Nvidia's Tegra 3 chipset, but Bloomberg reports that a refreshed version will ship using Qualcomm processors, while Nvidia continues to be a supplier for "some versions." The switch to Qualcomm, which appears to be for unannounced Surface RT devices, will likely come into effect later this year.

    Existing stock is being sold off cheap
  • Update
    1 over 1 year ago 292

    Microsoft working on a 7-inch Surface tablet, says WSJ

    The Wall Street Journal reports that a new lineup of Surface tablets is in the works from Microsoft, including a 7-inch version. It's not yet clear what form the new Surface might take, but the Journal claims the 7-inch model will go into mass production later this year. The news follows Microsoft's recent adjustment of the Windows 8 specification to allow for smaller tablets with a 1024 x 768 resolution. The Verge also understands that Redmond has begun work on a 7-inch tablet under the Xbox...

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    Microsoft goes mini
  • Original Story
    over 1 year ago 591

    What's next for Surface?

    The Surface Pro launched last week to divided opinion. Unlike the Surface RT introduced in October of last year, the Pro swaps Windows RT for a full version of Windows 8 and packs a lot more power in the form of an Intel i5 chip that allows you to run desktop applications and existing games. It adds some weight and thickness to the device, but it's largely the same form factor as the Surface RT with an optional removable keyboard and a kickstand. The added ability to run legacy apps has many...

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    Microsoft could be on the verge of defining the new PC
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