Microsoft Surface 2: Faster Performance, Better Battery Life, More Apps

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Part of Microsoft's Surface 2 strategy to add portability and flexibility to the tablet included updating existing accessories and adding new ones.

Microsoft showed off a docking station with one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports, a Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, audio in, audio out and support for an external display up to 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. The docking station has a price tag of $200 and will ship in 2014.

The Surface Pro 2 also supports a new Type Cover 2 ($130) that features a backlit keyboard and a silent typing experience. Also new is a Power Cover ($60) that features a keyboard along with the ability to extend the Surface 2's battery by up to 50 percent, Microsoft said.

Microsoft also introduced a Wireless Adapter for typing covers ($60) that lets users type from anywhere in a room using Bluetooth technology. Microsoft said this feature is handy for people that want to connect their Surface to a TV and control it from a couch.

Microsoft said the new Surface models will be available at Microsoft retail stores, and select third-party retailers in the U.S. and 21 initial markets on Oct. 22 and China in early November.


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