Microsoft Surface 2 FAQs

Microsoft Surface 2 is a significant upgrade from the original Surface RT with the new silver Magnesium design, thinner, lighter, and dual-position kickstand. It is now equipped with the NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip, which is faster, has better power efficiency, and can increase battery life by up to 10 hours of video playback.

You should 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.

  1. Surface 2 Design, Configuration & Purchasing Q&As
  2. Surface 2 Display & Screen Q&As
  3. Surface 2 Battery & Power Q&As
  4. Surface 2 Performance Q&As
  5. Surface 2 Software & Compatibility Q&As
  6. Surface 2 Miscellaneous Q&As

1 Surface 2 Design, Configuration & Purchasing Q&As

1How much does a Surface 2 cost?

There are three configurations of Surface 2:

  • WiFi
    $449 - 2GB/32GB $549 - 2GB/64GB
  • WiFi+AT&T 4G LTE
    $679 - 2GB/64GB
2What are the dimensions of 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).
3How much does the Surface 2 weigh?
Microsoft Surface 2 is weight at:

  • WiFi 1.49 lbs (675 g).
  • WiFi+AT&T 4G LTE 1.51 lbs (684 g).
4What ports are on the Surface 2?

Here are all the available ports on the Surface 2:

  1. 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
  2. 1 x Micro HDMI video out port
  3. 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
  4. 1 x Surface proprietary charging port
  5. 1 x MicroSDXC card reader
  6. 1 x Surface Cover port.
  7. 1 x Nano SIM card slot (Surface 2 [AT&T 4G-LTE] only)
5Does Surface 2 have a camera?
Yes, there are two cameras on Surface 2:

  1. 3.5-megapixel front-facing camera.
  2. 5.0-megapixel rear-facing camera.
6What processor is in Surface 2?

Microsoft Surface 2 has only one processor configuration:

  1. 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
7Does Surface 2 support Microsoft Surface Pen?
No, it doesn’t. Microsoft Surface 2 devices don’t have the inking capability.
8Does 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.
9When was the Surface 2 released?

Microsoft Surface 2 was:

  • Announced on September 23, 2013.
  • Preordered on September 24, 2013.
  • Available on October 22, 2013.
10Can you upgrade RAM on Surface 2?
No, you can’t upgrade your Surface 2 RAM as it was soldered directly onto the motherboard.
11Is the Surface 2 fanless?
Yes, All Surface 2 is fanless.

2 Surface 2 Display & Screen Q&As

12What size is Surface 2’s display?
Surface 2 has a 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD Display.
13What 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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14What is the aspect ratio of Surface 2?
Surface 2 has a 16:9 aspect ratio.

3 Surface 2 Battery & Power Q&As

15How long does the Surface 2 last?
Microsoft Surface 2 last 10 hours of battery life for video playback tested by Microsoft.
16What is the battery capacity of Microsoft Surface 2?
Microsoft Surface 2 has a battery capacity of 31.5 Wh (4,257 mAh, 7.4V). For more information check:
17How do I charge my Surface 2?
You can charge your Surface 2 by using the OEM charger that came with your Surface 2 –Plug the charger into the power source and plug the Surface charging connector into 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.
18Can I charge Surface 2 via USB?

No, the USB port on Surface 2 is used for data transfer only.

4 Surface 2 Performance Q&As

19Can Microsoft Surface 2 run Photoshop?
No, it can’t. Surface 2 uses the ARM processor which is unable to run traditional desktop software.
20Can the Surface 2 run games?
Yes, you can. However, you can download and play games available on Windows Store only.
21Can you code or program 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 a basic code-writing assistant.
22Will 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

23Does 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.

24Can 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.
25Does 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.

26Is 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.
27Does 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

28Is 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.
29What is the company that makes Surface 2?
Surface 2 is a product among other Surface-branded products that are made by the Microsoft company.