Microsoft brings Surface 2 to Singapore

Microsoft brings Surface 2 to Singapore

Microsoft brings Surface 2 to Singapore

Surface 2 is the one device for everything in your life, will be available for purchase from March 14, 2014.

 

SINGAPORE — Feb. 27, 2014 — Microsoft Singapore on Thursday announced that the company is responding to worldwide customer interest by releasing Surface 2, as well as the Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 in Singapore on March 14, giving customers in the city-state the opportunity to click in and do more.

“We have been encouraged by the strong interest among consumers for the Surface line of devices in Singapore, where consumers are increasingly looking out for a tablet for both work and play,” said Ian Tan, Surface Consumer Lead, Microsoft Singapore.

“Surface 2 builds on the strengths of Surface RT, enabling portability and productivity in one sleek device. With the inclusion of the Office RT productivity suite and a fast-growing Windows app store, you can truly get more done.”

 

Surface 2 — entertainment and productivity at your fingertips

Featuring a newly-designed dual-angle kickstand, Surface 2 offers all the entertainment and gaming capabilities you expect from a tablet, along with the ability to get work done. Surface 2 has great battery life, with up to 10 hours of video playback, and is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, making apps run fast and smooth.

The 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display renders 1080p video for enjoying TV shows and movies, and it features a USB 3.0 port for file transfers up to four times faster than USB 2.0.

Surface 2 has 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 even more crisp and clear. Even with these and other upgrades, Surface 2 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

Surface 2 ships with Windows RT 8.1, bringing people exceptional personalization options, integrated search feature, multitasking and built-in apps, plus a seamless Windows Store experience and cloud connectivity.

No Surface experience is complete without apps – with more than 140,000 apps in Windows Store today, users are bound to find an app for all their needs. Recent marquee additions in the Windows Store include AirAsia, Discovery News, Facebook, Flipboard for Windows, as well as  top new game apps Asphalt 8: Airborne, Avengers Initiative, Despicable Me: Minion Rush, Frozen Free Fall by Disney, LEGO® Hero Factory Brain Attack  and UNO & Friends.

When it’s time to get serious, Surface 2 is pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT for instant productivity, even while on-the-go. Users can just simply click in a Type Cover 2 or Touch Cover 2 with backlighting and get to work.

 

Exciting Skype and OneDrive offers with Surface

To help people get the most out of Surface 2, new customers will receive free Skype calling to landlines in more than 60 countries for one year, unlimited Skype Wi-Fi available at more than 2 million hot spots worldwide for one year, and 200 GB of free OneDrive storage for two years.¹

 

New Accessories to enhance the Surface Experience

Today’s announcement also includes three new accessories that will make Surface more flexible, more portable and more productive:

  • Type Cover 2. Type Cover 2 features the same super-thin, lightweight design of the original Type Cover, but it’s now backlit and will be available in Cyan, Magenta, Purple and Black. It’s also more rigid, providing a better lap-typing experience, and is designed to be noticeably quieter when striking keys.
  • Touch Cover 2. Thinner and lighter than the original Touch Cover and measuring only 2.75 mm thin, Touch Cover 2 features backlit keys for even better readability. Touch Cover 2 is more rigid, registers keystrokes with greater accuracy and features more and updated sensors that support a variety of gestures across the entire keyboard. Touch Cover 2 is also spill-resistant and easy to clean, making it the perfect keyboard and cover accompaniant for Surface 2
  • Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition. This special-edition Arc Touch Mouse has been updated to match the look of Surface. Like other Arc Touch mice, it is designed for comfort and flattens for portability. It connects via Bluetooth 3.0, freeing Surface’s USB port for use by other devices.

 

Availability and pricing

Surface 2 will be available in 32GB and 64GB configurations² at authorized Surface retailers Challenger, Harvey Norman and Newstead stores island-wide beginning March 14 2014. More information on Surface is available at http://www.surface.com/sg³.

Item

Suggested retail price (incl. GST)

Surface 2 (32 GB)

S$618

Surface 2 (64 GB)

S$748

Type Cover 2

S$183

Touch Cover 2

S$168

Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition

TBC

 

Customers looking for great deals on the first generation of Surface products will find them at IT Show 2014, happening this week at Marina Bay Sands (27 Feb to 2 Mar), where the following promotions will be available at authorized Surface retailers Challenger, Harvey Norman and Newstead:

  • Surface RT 64GB – promotional price offer of S$418 (U.P. S$518) till end May 2014
  • Surface Pro 128GB – new price of S$818 (U.P. S$918)
  • At the IT Show, retailers will offer a free Touch Cover (worth $108 SRP) with any Surface RT or Pro device purchase, only while stocks last.

 

¹ Internet access fees may apply. Skype offer excludes calls to special, premium and nongeographic numbers. A fair usage policy and Skype’s Terms of Use apply; see http://www.skype.com/surface for details. For OneDrive offer terms and conditions, see http://www.onedrive.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 http://www.Surface.com/storage for more details.
³ Surface 2 may not be reflected on the website until 27 Feb. 2014, 9:01AM SGT.

 

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Surface 2

Fact Sheet

 

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 of 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 conversation 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 will ship with Windows RT 8.1, 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 ensure that you never run out of ways to play. When it’s time to get serious, Surface 2 is pre-loaded with Microsoft Office 2013 RT — including Outlook 2013 RT; simply click in a Touch or Type Cover and get to work.

To help people get the most out of Surface 2, customers purchasing the device will receive free Skype calling to landlines in more than 60 countries for one year, unlimited Skype WiFi on their Surface 2 at more than 2 million hot spots worldwide for one year and 200 GB of free OneDrive storage for two years.

 

Top features and benefits

  • Personal productivity. Open, edit and create files with touch-optimized versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote included. With 200 GB of OneDrive storage included for two years, you can keep your pictures and movies with you wherever you go.
  • More than a tablet. Unlike other tablets, you can knock out longer emails by clicking in a Touch Cover or Type Cover. Its sturdy Kickstand now features two positions, and its full-size USB 3.0 port makes transferring files and connecting to other devices simple.
  • Windows 8.1. With Windows RT 8.1 you can personalize your Surface and set up multiple accounts for your family. Discover new apps in the Windows Store and snap apps side by side so you can get more done.
  • Ready to go wherever you go. 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 of video playback, helping you power through your day wherever you are.
  • Picture perfect. The 10.6-inch touchscreen, with its 16:9 aspect ratio and ClearType Full HD display (1080p resolution, 1920×1080), is perfect for watching HD movies, browsing the Web and using Office.
  • Smile for the camera. With 1080p video cameras and one year of Unlimited World calling and Skype WiFi, Skype gets even better on Surface 2. The 3.5-megapixel camera on the front and 5-megapixel camera on the back combine with improved low-light performance to make face-to-face conversations with your favorite people crisp and clear.

 

Specs

Operating system

Windows RT 8.1 with Microsoft Office 2013 RT versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint,

OneNote and Outlook. Works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.

Exterior

10.81” x 6.79” x 0.35” 

Less than 1.49 lbs 

VaporMg 

Magnesium (Silver)

Volume up/down and power buttons

Storage

32 GB; 64 GB

Display

10.6″ ClearType Full HD display

1920 x 1080p

16:9 (widescreen)

5-point multitouch

CPU

NVIDIA Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7GHz quad core 

2 GB of RAM

Wireless

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)

Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology

Battery

Up to 10 hours of video playback

7–15 days idle life

Cameras and A/V

3.5MP front-facing camera

5MP rear-facing camera

1080p video capture

Stereo speakers (digitally enhanced for fuller sound) 

Two microphones (with noise cancellation)

Ports

Full-size USB 3.0

MicroSDXC card reader 

Headset jack

HD video out port

Cover port

Sensors

Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer

Gyroscope

Magnetometer

Power supply

24W power supply

Warranty

One-year limited hardware warranty

Apps (included)

Mail, Calendar, People, Internet Explorer 11, Photos, Music, Video, Games, Skype,

Fresh Paint, Calculator, Reading List, Reader, Scan, News, Weather, Sports, Travel, Finance, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Help, Camera, OneDrive, Sound Recorder and more

 

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