Full specs

Key Features
What's new
  • Better design It’s now thinner (8.9mm), lighter (522g), and new platinum magnesium exterior.
  • Better performance Better single-core and multi-core performance and much better graphics performance (72 graphics cores).
  • Better battery Up to 10 hours of video playback.
  • New kickstand Now in two angles, original 22-degree, and new 55-degree.
  • Better display Higher display resolution with Full HD (1920 x 1080) display.
  • Optional mobile broadband It comes with optional 4G LTE support.
  • More Full-size USB 3.0 port, 3.5MP front, and 5MP rear camera, new thinner backlit type cover.
What's missing
  • Can't run desktop apps You can't run desktop apps (x86 or x64) on this device. The only way to get apps is through the Windows Store.
  • No Windows 10 The latest OS you can get is Windows RT 8.1 Update 3
  • Platinum color only No longer available in black color.
AvailabilitySurface 2
Released2013
Release Info
  • Introduced: September 23, 2013
  • Pre-ordered: September 24, 2013
  • Released: October 22, 2013
PricingSurface 2 Wi-Fi
  • $449 - 2 GB | 32 GB
  • $549 - 2 GB | 64 GB
Surface 2 4G LTE
  • $679 - 2 GB | 64 GB
Surface 2 Price
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Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Tablet PC Backlit Keyboard Touchscreen Laptop 13.5" 2K (2256x1504), Intel Core i5-8350U, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, WiFi, CAM, BT Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)
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Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - Platinum (Renewed)
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$316.90
DisplaySurface 2
Size10.6 Inches
Info
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (2M Pixels)
  • Density: 208 PPI
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • ClearType Full HD Display
  • Touch: 5 points multi-touch
ExteriorSurface 2
Dimensions10.81” x 6.79” x 0.35” (275 mm x 172 mm x 8.9 mm)
Width: 10.81” (275 mm)
Height: 6.79” (172 mm)
Thickness: 0.35” (8.9 mm)
Weight
  • Surface 2: 1.15 lbs (522 g)
  • Surface 2 with Keyboard: 1.7 lbs (771 g)
Colors
Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Surface Type Cover
    • Not included
  • Keyboard:
    • Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys.
    • Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12).
    • 4 directional keys; Windows and Media Controls Keys.
    • LED backlighting.
  • Trackpad:
    • Two-finger multitouch gesture trackpad.
Ports
  • 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
  • 1 x microSD™ card reader
  • 1 x Surface Charging Port
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Cover port
  • 1 x Nano SIM card slot (Surface 2 with LTE only)
Internal SpecsSurface 2
Processor
  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40
    4 cores, 1.70 → 1.90 GHz, 2MB Cache,
Integrated Graphics
  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40
    NVIDIA GeForce ULP graphics
    72 Graphics Cores, 672 MHz
Memory2GB of RAM
Storage
  • 32GB 64GB
    eMMC
ConnectivitySurface 2
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 4: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology
Optional LTE
  • Nano SIM Tray
  • 2G GSM (Quadband: 850/900/1800/1900)
  • 3G UMTS (Bands 1, 2, 5)
  • 4G LTE (Bands 4, 7, 17)
BatterySurface 2
Size31.5 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 10 hours of video playback
Power Supply
  • 24W proprietary power supply
SoftwareSurface 2
OS
  • Windows RT 8.1
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT with Outlook
Camera & AudioSurface 2
Camera
  • 3.5MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio
  • Dual microphones
  • Stereo speakers with digitally enhanced for fuller sound
MiscSurface 2
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
In the box
  • Surface 2
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
More
  • Casing: Magnesium
  • Kickstand: 2 positions
  • Physical buttons: volumes, power

Processor Specifications

ProcessorNVIDIA Tegra 4 with power-saving 5th core
Processor Cores4 + 1
Single-Core Frequency1.9 GHz
Quad-Core Frequency1.7 GHz
L1 Cache64 KB
L2 Cache2 MB
GraphicsNVIDIA
Graphics Cores72
Graphics Frequency672 MHz

Tips and tricks

Learn how to utilize your Surface 2 entirely with our tips and tricks. Our comprehensive guide will assist you in maximizing battery life, enhancing performance, boosting productivity, and efficiently solving any issues that may arise.

FAQs

Before making a purchase decision, it’s essential to have a good understanding of the device you are considering. To help you with that, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Microsoft Surface 2. Our comprehensive guide covers all aspects of the device, including display, battery life, performance, software, and design. We hope that our Surface 2 FAQ will answer all your queries.

How much does a Surface 2 cost?

There are three configurations of Surface 2:

  • $449 – 2GB | 32GB
  • $549 – 2GB | 64GB
  • $679 – 2GB | 64GB | 4G LTE

What 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).

How much does the Surface 2 weigh?

Microsoft Surface 2 is weight at:

  • WiFi1.49 lbs (675 g).
  • 4G LTE – 1.51 lbs (684 g).

What 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)

Does 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.

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 the Microsoft Surface Pen?

No, it doesn’t. Microsoft Surface 2 devices don’t have the inking capability.

Does the new Surface 2 come with a keyboard?

No, you must 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 the Surface 2 released?

Microsoft Surface 2 was:

  • Announced on September 23, 2013.
  • Preordered on September 24, 2013.
  • Available on October 22, 2013.

Can you upgrade the 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.

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). For more information, check Microsoft Surface display size and resolution – a complete list.

What is the aspect ratio of Surface 2?

Surface 2 has a 16:9 aspect ratio.

How long does the Surface 2 last?

Microsoft Surface 2 lasts 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). For more information, check Microsoft Surface battery capacity – a complete list.

How 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 the Surface 2. It’s a magnet and reversible connector, an official and recommended charging method by Microsoft.

How to charge your Surface

Can I charge Surface 2 via USB?

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

Can Microsoft Surface 2 run Photoshop?

No, it can’t. Surface 2 uses the ARM processor, which cannot 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 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, some code editors are available for an essential code-writing assistant on the Windows Store.

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.

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.

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. And, since Surface 2 runs Windows RT 8.1 operating system, the traditional virus will not even execute.

Is Surface 2 a tablet or a laptop?

It’s a 2-in-1 tablet or laptop. It can be a tablet or laptop 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 made by Microsoft.

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