Microsoft today announced updated versions of its Surface tablet line. The $450 Surface RT 2 and $900 Surface Pro 2 will be available at retailers starting on October 22.
As detailed by GameSpot sister site CNET, the updated Surface RT features a slimmer body, a 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, and a higher resolution screen compared to the original.
Both the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 feature 1,920x1,080 screens that have been color-tuned for greater accuracy. In addition, both devices sport improved front (3.5MP) and rear (5.0 MP) cameras. The Surface Pro 2, which runs a full version of Windows 8, will continue to be offered in slate black, while the Windows RT Surface 2 will come in a new silver/magnesium color.
Microsoft will also offer a new Touch and Type Covers for the Surface 2 tablets, said to be thinner and more responsive than their predecessors.
"The old system of one sensor under each key has been replaced with a full array of sensors, allowing for partial keystrokes to be counted more easily and accurately, plus support for a handful of gestures," CNET said. "In our hands-on time with the new Touch Cover, typing felt faster, with less latency and with great accuracy, especially when typing quickly."
In addition, both covers are now backlit. Like the original versions, covers for the new Surface 2 tablets will be sold separately.
For more, check out CNET's coverage of the Surface 2 tablet announcement today.