Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 to be announced on September 23

Microsoft is set to announce its next-generation Surface and Surface Pro tablets on September 23, about a year later after the debut of its first Surface devices.

Microsoft released the first Surface tablets in October 2012, in an attempt to provide a premium experience to Windows 8 users. Unfortunately, it was not enough. Earlier today, the Redmond giant sent out media invitations to an event where the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will be announced.

While the hardware details have not been confirmed yet by Microsoft, the Surface Pro 2 is expected to offer new Haswell processors, 8 GB of RAM, a two-stage kickstand and Windows 8.1.

On the other hand, the Surface 2 tablet will be powered by a Tegra 4 processor, having a 1080p display and Windows 8.1 RT preloaded.

Microsoft will also release new hybrid Windows devices on its way to Windows 8.1's debut, but it may still not be enough to have a strong impact on the market.

Frank Lindsey, a user posting on ExtremeTech, pointed out a painful truth that Microsoft officials should take into account seriously: "Ms needs to go back to the desktop, even if it has diminishing sales before someone, like Google, makes a desktop replacement and takes away the last market MS has any hold on."


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-09- 9 (Update: 2013-09-10)
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