Microsoft Surface 2 is a significant upgrade from the original Surface RT with the new silver Magnesium design, thinner, lighter, and the dual-position kickstand. It’s now equipped with the NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip which is faster, better power efficiency, and can increase battery life up to 10-hours of video playback.
It’s better to know more about this device before you make a purchase decision, and here are our comprehensive Microsoft Surface 2 frequently asked questions that should clear up all your queries. We will try to cover all Surface 2 question segments including display, battery, performance, software, and design.
- Surface 2 Design, Configuration & Purchasing Q&As
- Surface 2 Display & Screen Q&As
- Surface 2 Battery & Power Q&As
- Surface 2 Performance Q&As
- Surface 2 Software & Compatibility Q&As
- Surface 2 Miscellaneous Q&As
1 Surface 2 Design, Configuration & Purchasing Q&As
How much does a Surface 2 cost?
There are three configurations of Surface 2:
What are the dimensions of the Surface 2?
Microsoft Surface 2 has dimensions of 10.81″ x 6.79″ x 0.35″ (275 mm x 173 mm x 8.9 mm).
How much does the Surface 2 weight?
Microsoft Surface 2 is weight at:
- WiFi 1.49 lbs (675 g).
- WiFi+AT&T 4G LTE 1.51 lbs (684 g).
What ports are on the Surface 2?
Here are all available ports on the Surface 2:
- 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
- 1 x Micro HDMI video out port
- 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
- 1 x Surface proprietary charging port
- 1 x MicroSDXC card reader
- 1 x Surface Cover port.
- 1 x Nano SIM card slot (Surface 2 [AT&T 4G-LTE] only)
Does Surface 2 have a camera?
Yes, there are two cameras on Surface 2:
- 3.5-megapixel front-facing camera.
- 5.0-megapixel rear-facing camera.
What processor is in Surface 2?
Microsoft Surface 2 has only one processor configuration:
- NVIDIA Tegra 4
- Graphics: NVIDIA.
- Single-Core Frequency: 1.90 GHz
- Quad-Core Frequency: 1.70 GHz
- Cache: 2 MB
- Graphics Cores: 72
- 4 +1 cores
Does Surface 2 support Surface Pen?
No, Surface 2 doesn’t support inking capability.
Does the new Surface 2 come with a keyboard?
No, you will need to purchase the keyboard (Surface Touch Cover 2 or Surface Type Cover 2) separately. The Surface Touch Cover 2 costs about $120 while the Surface Type Cover 2 costs about $130.
When was Surface 2 release?
Microsoft Surface 2 was:
- Announced on September 23, 2013.
- Preordered on September 24, 2013.
- Available on October 22, 2013.
Can you upgrade RAM on Surface 2?
No, you can’t upgrade your Surface 2 RAM as it was soldered directly onto the motherboard.
Is the Surface 2 fanless?
Yes, All Surface 2 is fanless.
2 Surface 2 Display & Screen Q&As
What size is Surface 2’s display?
Surface 2 has a 10.6 inch ClearType Full HD Display.
What is the resolution of Surface 2?
Surface 2 has a resolution of 1920 x 1080
and a pixel density of 208ppi
(pixels per Inch).
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What is the aspect ratio of Surface 2?
Surface 2 has a 16:9 aspect ratio.
3 Surface 2 Battery & Power Q&As
How long does the Surface 2 last?
Microsoft Surface 2 last 10-hours of battery life for video-playback tested by Microsoft.
What is the battery capacity of Microsoft Surface 2?
Microsoft Surface 2 has a battery capacity of 31.5 Wh (4,257 mAh, 7.4V)
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How do I charge my Surface 2?
You can charge your Surface 2 by using the OEM charger came with your Surface 2 –Plug the charger to the power source and plug the Surface charging connector to the charging port on the right side of Surface 2. It’s a magnet and reversible connector and it’s an official and recommended charging method by Microsoft.
Can I charge Surface 2 via USB?
No, USB port on Surface 2 is used for data transfer only.
4 Surface 2 Performance Q&As
Can Microsoft Surface 2 run Photoshop?
No, it can’t. Surface 2 uses the ARM processor which unable to run traditional desktop software.
Can the Surface 2 run games?
Yes, you can. However, you can download and play games available on Windows Store only.
Can you code or programming on Surface 2?
No, it isn’t an ideal device for coding or programming. Most of the programming tools aren’t available for Windows RT. However, there are some code editors available on Windows Store for basic code writing assistant.
Will Surface 2 run Office?
Yes, Surface 2 comes with a free Microsoft Office RT 2013. Office apps will run smoothly on Microsoft Surface 2.
5 Surface 2 Software & Compatibility Q&As
Does Surface 2 run Windows 10?
No, it doesn’t. The latest update for Surface 2 and Surface RT is Windows 8.1 Update 3 which includes an option to switch between the Start Menu and the Start Screen.
Can you download apps on Surface 2?
Yes, you can. You can download safe and Microsoft verified apps and games from Microsoft Store. However, you can’t download and install any apps from elsewhere.
Does Surface 2 run full Windows?
No, Surface 2 ships with Windows RT 8.1 which works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store only.
Is Microsoft Office free on Surface 2?
Yes, Surface 2 comes with a Free Microsoft Office RT 2013 including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook RT 2013.
Does Surface 2 need antivirus?
In most cases, you don’t need a third-party antivirus. Windows 8.1 on Surface 2 has a built-in Windows Defender for virus and threat protection out of the box. And, since Surface 2 runs Windows RT 8.1 operating system, the traditional virus will not even execute at all.
6 Surface 2 Miscellaneous Q&As
Is Surface 2 a tablet or a laptop?
It’s a 2-in-1 tablet or laptop. It can function as a tablet and also a laptop when connected to a Surface Type Cover 2.
What is the company that makes Surface 2?
Surface 2 is a product among other Surface-branded products that are made by the Microsoft company.