Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and new accessories available for purchase

The newest additions to the Surface family of tablets hit shelves on 23 October.

Hong Kong — Oct. 22, 2013 — Microsoft Hong Kong announced that its newest Surface models — Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 — as well as an expanded portfolio of new Surface accessories are available for purchase starting 23 October (Wednesday) at more than 70 retail stores from four authorized retail partners, including PCCW-HKT, Wilson Communications, Fortress and Suning, and http://www.microsoftstore.com in Hong Kong.

“From the beginning, we have had an ambitious vision to make Surface the most productive tablets on the planet, for both personal and professional use. We understand that people need great devices for play, staying connected and getting things done, therefore the new Surface is built as the one device for everything in your life,” said Horace Chow, General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong.

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are each benefit from significant updates, including improvements to processing power and battery life, display and camera resolution, and the kickstand — now featuring a second, wider angle so it’s more comfortable to use Surface on your lap or at your desk. Enhancements in Windows 8.1 RT and Windows 8.1 Pro make Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 even more powerful and customizable.

Value- added services
To help people get the most out of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, customers who purchase either device will receive free Skype calling to landlines in more than 60 countries for one year, unlimited Skype Wi-Fi on their Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 at more than 2 million hotspots worldwide for one year, and 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years. 1

Horace Chow, general manager of Microsoft Hong Kong, indicates that Surface is the most productive tablets on the planet
Horace Chow, general manager of Microsoft Hong Kong, indicates that Surface is the most productive tablets on the planet

(From left to right): Chester Wong, director, consumer channels group of Microsoft Hong Kong; Horace Chow, general manager of Microsoft Hong Kong; Joelle Woo, director, marketing and operations (M&O) of Microsoft Hong Kong, and Raymond Hung, head of Windows business group of Microsoft Hong Kong
(From left to right): Chester Wong, director, consumer channels group of Microsoft Hong Kong; Horace Chow, general manager of Microsoft Hong Kong; Joelle Woo, director, marketing and operations (M&O) of Microsoft Hong Kong, and Raymond Hung, head of Windows business group of Microsoft Hong Kong

Horace Chow presents the Surface Pro 2 to Josephine Ng
Horace Chow presents the Surface Pro 2 to Josephine Ng

Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, as well as the accessories, are available for purchase starting 23 October.
Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, as well as the accessories, are available for purchase starting 23 October.

Surface 2 offers all the entertainment and gaming capabilities you expect from a tablet, along with the ability to get work done.
Surface 2 offers all the entertainment and gaming capabilities you expect from a tablet, along with the ability to get work done.

Surface Pro 2 offers the portability and simplicity of a tablet when you want it and the power and flexibility of a laptop when you need it.
Surface Pro 2 offers the portability and simplicity of a tablet when you want it and the power and flexibility of a laptop when you need it.

Surface 2
Surface 2 is the most productive tablet for personal use. It offers all the entertainment and gaming capabilities you expect from a tablet, along with the ability to get work done. Surface 2 is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, making apps run faster and smoother and increasing battery life to up to 10 hours for video playback. The 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display now renders 1080p video for enjoying shows and movies, and its full-size USB port has been upgraded to USB 3.0 for up to four times faster file transfers. Camera resolution has also increased, with a 3.5-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera, both capable of capturing 1080p video and featuring improved low-light performance, making face-to-face conversations with your favorite people crisp and clear. Even with these and other upgrades, Surface 2 is slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

Surface 2 ships with Windows 8.1 RT, bringing improvements in key areas such as personalization, search, multitasking, built-in apps, the Windows Store experience and cloud connectivity. The new Xbox Music allows you to stream millions of songs for free, and an updated Video app and great games from the Windows Store such as “Halo: Spartan Assault” will help ensure you never run out of ways to play. When it’s time to get serious, Surface 2 is pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT; simply click in a Touch or Type Cover and get to work.

Surface 2 is available in 32GB and 64GB configurations2 ; it is priced at HK$3,488 and HK$4,288 respectively.

Surface Pro 2
Surface Pro 2 is the successor to Surface Pro, and like its predecessor is a true laptop replacement, capable of running virtually all your Windows software, including the full Microsoft Office suite3 and apps from the Windows Store. Surface Pro 2 offers the portability and simplicity of a tablet when you want it and the power and flexibility of a laptop when you need it. It is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor that, combined with other improvements, delivers increased performance and up to 75 percent longer battery life than Surface Pro.

Starting at HK$7,088, Surface Pro 2 is offered in 64GB and 128GB configurations with 4 GB of RAM and 256GB and 512GB configurations with 8 GB of RAM.2 Full specs are available at www.Surface.com.

New accessories
Microsoft also released four new accessories that will make Surface even more flexible, more portable and more productive:

  • Touch Cover 2. Thinner and lighter than the original Touch Cover and measuring just 2.75 millimeters thin, Touch Cover 2 features backlit keys for even better readability. Touch Cover 2 is more rigid, registers keystrokes with greater accuracy and features updated sensors that support a variety of gestures across the keyboard. Touch Cover 2 is available for an estimated retail price of HK$968.
  • Type Cover 2. Type Cover 2 features the same super-thin, lightweight design of the original Type Cover, but it’s now backlit and available in Cyan, Magenta, Purple and Black in the coming months4. It’s also more rigid, providing a better lap-typing experience, and is designed to be noticeably quieter when striking the keys. Type Cover 2 is available for an estimated retail price of HK$1,048.

Other accessories to be available for sale in Hong Kong around early 2014 include: –

  • Docking Station for Surface Pro. The Docking Station for Surface Pro lets you quickly connect Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 to desktop PC peripherals in a single step, taking you from laptop to desktop in an instant. While Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 is docked, it can connect with up to two 4K external monitors, Ethernet, speakers and power supply. PC peripherals connect via its one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports. The Docking Station for Surface Pro will have an estimated retail price of HK$1,618 and has a projected release date of early 2014.
  • Car Charger with USB. Car Charger plugs into most cars’ power or lighter ports and charges Surface without the need for an additional adapter. It also features a USB port to allow simultaneous charging of a phone or other device. Car Charger will have an estimated retail price of HK$408 and has a projected release date of early 2014.

More information on Surface and the new accessories is available at http://www.microsoft.com.hk; http://www.Surface.com, Microsoft News Center.

  1. Skype offer not available in China. Internet access fees may apply. Skype offer excludes calls to special, premium and non-geographic numbers. A fair usage policy and Skype’s Terms of Use apply; see www.skype.com/surface for details. For Skydrive offer terms and conditions, see www.skydrive.com/surface.
  2. System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. See www.Surface.com/storage for more details. Initial quantities of Surface Pro 2 with 512 GB will be limited.
  3. Office sold separately.
  4. The Black and Purple Type Cover 2 will be available at launch. Other colors will be available in the coming months.

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